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Until I had to name a baby I never realized that I dislike almost all boy names! Help!

2020.08.29 18:04 firstname_shadesof Until I had to name a baby I never realized that I dislike almost all boy names! Help!

I’m having a baby boy in December and I’m stumped on names! I’m suddenly realizing that I dislike a LOT of boy names.
His last name will be Gray, and we currently live in the southern USA. I really like traditional names with one widely accepted pronunciation and spelling. I also like longer names that have short nicknames, where both names are pretty widely accepted/known. Both I and my partner are white, and while my family is of Italian origin, I’m not sure it’s a big enough part of our identity as a new family to justify using an Italian name.
If you want to help out, I’d mostly love to discuss the names we have on our “like” list but I’m also open to more suggestions! Tell me which ones don’t go with Gray, which ones do, which are too trendy, etc.
At the risk of looking totally insane, I’ll include all the names people have suggested that we don’t like in case it helps.
His middle name will be one of a few possible family names, we’ll choose it based on how well it flows with the first name.
 
We sort of like these: Adam Andrew Cameron Christopher Daniel Elijah Emmett Ethan Evan Everett Isaac Jonathan Jordan Joseph Levi Michael Noel Samuel
Like these but can’t/don’t want to use these: Adam Alexander Anthony Benjamin Bennet Conrad David Derek George Henry Jacob Joel John Julian Lee Leo Matthew Michael Nicholas Owen Thomas Victor
Don’t love: Aaron Abraham Aiden/Brayden/Jaden Alan Anton Arthur Ashton Barrett Bradley Beckham Brendan Caleb Calvin Carter Charles Charlie Clarence Colby/Cole Colin Cooper Curtis Dean Dexter Donovan Douglas Dylan Elliot Emerson Eric Flynn Francis Franklin Fredrick Geoffrey Harry Harrison Hudson Hugo Hunter Hyrum Isaiah Jackson Jason Jeremiah Johnson Jonas Judson Justin Kelvin Landon Liam Lincoln Logan Louis Lucas/Luke Mark Martin Mason Maxwell Max Mitchell Nash Nathan Noah Nolan Oliver Orion Patrick Paul Peter Phillip Richard Robert Ryan Sawyer Scott Seth Sebastian Stephen/Steven Sutton Thaddeus Theodore Timothy Todd Trevor Tyler Vincent Warner Warren Wesley Wesson William Wyatt Zachary
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2020.08.18 00:53 Jonnyawesome89 Offseason Review Series: Baltimore Ravens

Coming off an incredible 14-2 regular season in which the Ravens, led by MVP Lamar Jackson, shocked the league with an innovative offense that ran all over opponents, the team looks toward a 2020 campaign in which they will attempt to shake the sting to an extremely disappointing first round playoff exit.
[Baltimore Ravens]
Division: AFC North
Coaching Changes
In a season rocked by uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ravens have a significant advantage in the fact that they retain both coordinators and head coach after a successful season. In February, head coach John Harbaugh announced title changes for 6 members of the staff (per baltimoreravens.com):
· Chris Horton – special teams coordinator (formerly special teams coach)
· Randy Brown – special teams coach (formerly assistant special teams coach)
· Chris Hewitt – pass defense coordinator (formerly defensive backs coach)
· Sterling Lucas – defensive assistant/defensive line (formerly defensive assistant/linebackers)
· Jesse Minter – defensive backs coach (formerly assistant defensive backs coach)
· Drew Wilkins – outside linebackers coach (formerly assistant defensive line and outside linebackers coach)
Chris Horton
Horton enters his second year guiding the Ravens' special teams unit after taking over for longtime coordinator Jerry Rosburg following his retirement in 2019. Last season, Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro K Justin Tucker finished second in the NFL with a 96.6 percent field goal success rate (28 of 29), which was also the second-best mark in franchise single-season history. Baltimore also finished eighth in punt return average (8.2) in 2019. A seventh-year coach with the Ravens, Horton has been working with the special teams group since 2015.
Randy Brown
Brown is in his 13th year working with the Ravens' specialists. He has had an instrumental role in the development of the team's kicking game by helping Tucker become the most accurate kicker of all time (90.8 percent). Tucker has scored 141 points in each of his past four seasons, which tie for the Ravens single-season scoring record and make him the NFL's only kicker to surpass the 140 mark in each of the last four years (2016-19).
Chris Hewitt
Hewitt enters his ninth-year coaching with the Ravens after serving as the team's defensive backs coach for the past five seasons (2015-19). Last season, Baltimore's pass defense finished sixth in the NFL (207.2 ypg) with three players from the secondary earning Pro Bowl honors (CB Marlon Humphrey, CB Marcus Peters and S Earl Thomas III). Humphrey and Peters also earned first-team All-Pro accolades. Baltimore tallied a 77.5 defensive passer rating in 2019, which stood as the NFL's second-best mark.
Sterling Lucas
Lucas is in his fifth season with the Ravens after joining the team in 2016 as a strength and conditioning assistant in 2016. He has also served as an administrative assistant – defense (2017), quality control – defense (2018) and most recently as defensive assistant/linebackers (2019). Prior to joining Baltimore, Lucas spent two years as a defensive graduate assistant at North Carolina State.
Jesse Minter
Minter has been with the Ravens since 2017, when he started as a defensive assistant. He was promoted to assistant defensive backs coach in 2019, when he worked under Hewitt. This past season, Baltimore tied (Tampa Bay) for the NFL lead with six defensive touchdowns (including three interceptions returned for touchdowns).
Drew Wilkins
Wilkins enters his 11th year with the Ravens after initially joining the team as a football video operations intern in 2010. He served as the team's assistant defensive line & outside linebackers coach the past two seasons (2018-19). Wilkins originally moved to the coaching side in 2013, when he became a coaching staff assistant. He was promoted to defensive assistant in 2014 before becoming the assistant defensive line coach in 2017. In 2019, OLB Matthew Judon led the Ravens with a career-high 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. The Ravens also finished with 111 quarterback hits, the NFL's third-most.
Free Agency:
Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Tony Jefferson SS Released
James Hurst OT Released
Michael Pierce DT FA, Minnesota
Josh Bynes ILB FA, Cincinatti
Patrick Onwuasor ILB FA, NY Jets
Seth Roberts WR FA, Carolina
Hayden Hurst TE Traded, Atlanta
Chris Wormley DE Traded, Pittsburgh
De’Anthony Thomas WKR Opt-Out
Andre Smith OT Opt-Out
In an offseason with a few notable departures for the Ravens, none is more impactful than the retirement of OG Marshal Yanda. A 13-year veteran, Yanda anchored the Ravens offensive line, and was consistently amongst the best guards in football. Not just a dominant force on the field, Yanda brought veteran leadership to a young Ravens squad that found a lot of success in the regular season. Now retired, he becomes a prospect for the NFL Hall of Fame. Marshal Yanda is a caliber of player that is not easily replaced, and the loss of his ability and leadership is one of the biggest question marks for the Ravens offense going into 2020.
Michael Pierce came into the league as an UDFA who was able to become an immediate contributor for the Ravens front 7. An imposing figure at over 330 lbs., Pierce, along with Ravens stalwart Brandon Williams created a stout, if not agile, front for the Ravens defense. Following a 2019 in which Pierce came into camp overweight and out of shape, his long-term future with the team was immediately brought into question, culminating with him signing with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. The additions by the Ravens of Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe this offseason softens the blow considerably, and the unit may even look to be improved headed into this year.
When it comes to Baltimore Ravens and Greg Roman offenses, extensive use of Tight Ends immediately comes to mind. It was therefore surprising to some when the Ravens decided to trade former first round pick Hayden Hurst to the Falcons this offseason. Hurst played significant snaps for the Ravens in a system that heavily utilizes tight ends. Unfortunately for Hurst, he was injured his rookie season and struggled for targets behind Mark Andrews, who has made a case to be considered a top TE in the league. Ultimately, this may be a rare win-win trade, as Hurst will have an opportunity to flourish with Matt Ryan on a Falcons team who recently lost Austin Hooper, while the Ravens were thrilled to use the resulting pick on standout RB JK Dobbins, who fits their system perfectly.
While neither player was a force in the back field last season, the simultaneous losses of Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor presents an interesting challenge for the Ravens, who are now likely to feature two rookies (Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison) heavily in their rotation this year.
The inclusion of opt-outs due to Covid-19 made this offseason tricky for some teams, but the Ravens were relatively unscathed. While the loss of De’Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith does impact depth, ultimately both players were replacement level, and their loss does not represent a significant challenge for 2020.
Players Acquired

Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Matthew Judon DE Ravens Franchise Tag $16.3MM
Derek Wolfe DE Broncos 1 Year $3MM
Jihad Ward DE Ravens 1 Year $1.1MM
Jimmy Smith CB Ravens 1 Year $3.5MM
Anthony Levine Sr S Ravens 1 Year $1.81MM
Chris Moore WR Ravens 1 Year $1.7MM
Sam Koch P Ravens 2 Years $4.95MM
Matt Skura C Ravens 1 Year RFA Tender
Chuck Clark SS Ravens 3 Years $15.3MM
Jordan Richards S Ravens 1 Year $845k
Gus Edwards RB Ravens 1 Year $750K
Nick Moore LS Ravens 1 Year $610K
Calais Campbell DE Jaguars 2 Years $25MM
DJ Fluker OG Seahawks 1 Year $1.07MM
Pernell McPhee DE Ravens 1 Year $1.1MM
While the Ravens did not make a ton of moves on outside players, they did make a big splash early in the offseason with the acquisition of Calais Campbell. At the low cost of just a 5th round pick, the Ravens were able to acquire a perennial pro bowler and veteran leader. A no brainer for the cost, by making this move, along with the signing of Derek Wolfe, the Ravens were able to address their D Line, a unit that was exposed last year by both Nick Chubb and Derek Henry. On the offensive line, the Ravens were able to add DJ Fluker, who can immediately slot into the void left by Marshal Yanda. While Fluker will certainly be a drop off from the Hall of Fame prospect Yanda, his veteran presence should help minimize the impact of losing such an important player.
On the re-signing front, the name of the game was continuity. The Ravens were able to accomplish this goal, returning key pieces of the 2019 squad. Most notably, the Ravens were able to keep intact what was one of the best secondaries in the NFL last year down the stretch. By re-signing Chuck Clark, Anthony Levine, Jimmy Smith and extending Marcus Peters (with already signed players Marlon Humphrey and Earl Thomas) the Ravens are once again slated to have one of the best secondaries in the NFL. This is key, as the Ravens clock chewing, points scoring offense often forces enemy teams to play from behind, and the Ravens defense is once again set up to make passing the ball extremely difficult. At the DE position the Ravens tagged Matthew Judon. A productive player with a high amount of pressures in 2019, Judon was important to retain on an extremely thin DE unit. On offense, they returned RB Gus Edwards and starting C Matt Skura. Skura is an important piece, as his loss was keenly felt against the Titans following his season ending injury in the Rams game.
Draft
The Ravens are known across the NFL for accumulating picks through trades and compensatory selections. This year was no exception, as the Ravens had 10 total selections, including a whopping 6 picks in the first three rounds.

Round Pick (OVR) Player Position School
1 28 (28) Patrick Queen LB LSU
2 23 (55) JK Dobbins RB Ohio State
3 7 (71) Justin Madubuike DT Texas A&M
3 28 (92) Devin Duvernay WR Texas
3 34 (98) Malik Harrison LB Ohio State
3 42 (106) Tyre Phillips OT Miss State
4 37 (143) Ben Bredeson G Michigan
5 25 (170) Broderick Washington DT Texas Tech
6 22 (201) James Proche WR SMU
7 5 (219) Geno Stone S Iowa

Draft Grades:
Round 1:
Patrick Queen: A+
One of the most notable weaknesses of the Ravens Defense in 2019 was the linebacking corps. After losing CJ Mosley the previous offseason, the remaining LBs proved unequal to the task, culminating in a complete reshuffling of the position with off the street free agents a few weeks into the season. While the new group was serviceable, the Ravens had a noticeably porous run defense when playing from behind, which was not an issue for much of the year but got completely exposed in an embarrassing round 1 playoff exit. This made LB a huge position of need. The Ravens, true to their reputation, remained patient in the first round while other teams linked to first round LB talent, (teams like Green Bay and New Orleans) went elsewhere, and other teams made reaches, (notably the Seahawks one pick earlier) and still got their guy, much later than originally projected. Queen is an exciting addition to the Ravens Defense. Fast and with great instincts, Queen has a knack for always being around the play. He shows up in the biggest moments, snagging a key interception from Tua Tagovailoa against Alabama and earning Defensive MVP honors in the national championship game. Queen does have some weaknesses, with weak tackling at times and only one year of proven production. However, given the Ravens’ ability to develop linebackers, they must have been ecstatic to snag a player who many analysists believed would be long gone by pick 28.
Round 2:
JK Dobbins: A-
The Ravens had perhaps the most dominant rushing attack of the modern era in 2019, which caused many to be shocked when they selected a running back with their second pick of the NFL Draft. However, anyone who is a close observer of the Ravens understood the selection. The Ravens live by the mantra of “Best Player Available” and as an organization refuse to reach for positions of need. This has made them one of the more successful organizations in the draft, as they consistently find value with their picks. Dobbins is a perfect fit for the Ravens system. He is a shifty back with great vision who demonstrated great understanding of how to take what the defense gives him. This projects very well into an offense that opens so many holes with a dominant line and constant running threat of MVP Lamar Jackson. Dobbins should be an immediate contributor and projects as the long-term starter, particularly if the Ravens part ways with Mark Ingram after this year. He is the second All-Time rusher at Ohio State, ahead of players like Ezekiel Elliott and Eddie George. His ability to run out of the pistol makes him a great complement to Lamar Jackson in RPO situations.
Rounds 3:
Justin Madubuke: A
Every year the Ravens seem to have a pick in the mid rounds that dumbfounds analysts. This is because they have a knack for scooping up players that should not still be on the board without giving up capital to do so. In this example, the Ravens traded back from pick 60, and likely still got the player they were targeting. Madubuike is a mountain at 6’3, 293 pounds, and has shown success at not only containing the run but pressuring the QB. Madubuike provides an infusion of youth to a defensive line that is one of the older units on the team. This pick is also indicative of the Ravens commitment to returning to their run stuffing roots, the front office was clearly unhappy with the pain inflicted by Derek Henry in the divisional round.
Devin Duvernay: B+
Coming into 2020, the Ravens WRS are the biggest question mark on the roster. An extremely inexperienced unit, many thought that it was a position that would be addressed much earlier in the draft. However, the Ravens were patient, and snagged the guy they wanted in Devin Duvernay. Duvernay had extremely successful 2019, racking up 1,386 yards and showcasing very reliable hands. The speedy, sure-handed nature of Duvernay’s game is a definite complement to Lamar Jacksons playstyle, as the Ravens rely on efficiency over volume in the passing game. One consideration with Duvernay moving forward is that he is most effective from the slot, which is rather crowded with the Ravens current lineup of pass catchers.
Malik Harrison: A-
As with Patrick Queen, the Ravens were clearly motivated to overhaul a weak line backing unit that was picked on at times in 2019. Harrison, a large, run thumping LB, projects as a great complement to the speedy, instinctual Queen. The Ravens were clearly motivated to fix their run stopping issues. Harrison is a large presence who is extremely reliable in maintaining his gap assignments, which should go a long way in shoring up the Ravens run D.
Tyre Phillips: B-
With the last pick of the third round, an exhausted Roger Goodell announced the pick of Tyre Phillips. Phillips, a 6 ft 5, 345 pound OT, is likely to be involved in the Ravens competition at guard to replace Marshal Yanda. Phillips shows great size and natural athleticism, with some roughness to his technique. While he was drafted earlier than predicted, Phillips will have the chance to grow in the Ravens’ system and compete for a starting role.
Round 4:
Ben Bredeson: A-
An All Big Ten player under head coach John Harbaugh’s brother Jim at Michigan, Ben Bredeson seemed destined to stay in the Harbaugh family. A great complement to the previous pick of Phillips, Bredeson projects as more pro ready on day one. There are concerns about his natural length at the pro level, however, with his technique, Bredeson should be in the mix early on. Adding a second offensive line here was a great move by the Ravens to help shore up their interior O line.
Round 5:
Broderick Washington: C
The Ravens addressed defensive line again in round 5, in a move that was a head scratcher to some. The Ravens like Washington as a player and as a leader, and so did not hesitate to grab him. While this does seem like somewhat of a luxury pick, Washington will get the chance to learn from great players like Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe. Washington doesn’t need to feel pressured to contribute year one. This pick once again demonstrates the Ravens commitment to “Best player Available”.
Round 6:
James Proche: B+
In a surprise move, the Ravens traded back in to acquire James Proche. A player who analysts like Mel Kiper thought would go much higher, the Ravens get to add another prospect to their stable of young WRs. Proche is a speedy, productive, sure-handed WR that seems to be the favorite of QB Lamar Jackson. With the opting out of De’Anthony Thomas, Proche’s most likely route to the field in year one will be as a kick returner.
Round 7:
Geno Stone: B
With their 10th and final selection of the draft, the Ravens snagged S Geno Stone. An intelligent, cagey safety at Iowa, Stone fell to the seventh round due to concerns around his athleticism. He will have to prove himself to make a stacked roster. However, he does project as a special teams contributor with some long term potential upside in a safety group that lacks depth.
Overall A: In a draft with many picks, the Ravens acquired a lot of good players with immediate contribution potential. They were able to make a good team better without making drastic moves or giving up significant capital. The Ravens FO are masters at letting the draft come to them, and once again they had a consensus great draft that was lauded by analysts.
Other Offseason News that Affected the Team
The Ravens avoided major drama in the offseason. There were, however, a few stories of note in the media.
Earl Thomas Incident: Earl Thomas was in the news following an altercation with his wife in which she allegedly pointed a gun at his head. Thomas’ wife Nina reportedly tracked Earl and his brother to a rental house, were they were shacked up with women. The Ravens were reported to be very displeased with Thomas, who did not alert the team to the story ahead of time. One point that is important to note, that while the entire incident was very strange, Earl was not in the same room as his brother as was being speculated on the internet. Both brothers were in different rooms with their respective partners.
Lamar Jackson: After a breakout MVP season, Lamar has become a veritable superstar, notably gracing the cover of Madden.
Antonio Brown: After being filmed working out with quarterback Lamar Jackson and his cousin, WR Hollywood Brown, Antonio Brown has been repeatedly linked with the Ravens. Jackson has gone as far as to publicly advocate for signing the wayward receiver. However, given that Brown will be suspended for half of the season, and Owner Steve Bischotti has publicly eschewed the idea of signing players with domestic violence issues following the Ray Rice incident, a pairing of Antonio Brown and Jackson seems unlikely.
Hollywood Brown: While not a national story, one thing that Ravens fans are excited about is the offseason progress of Hollywood Brown. After having a screw surgically removed from his foot, Brown has been posting his workouts and has reportedly gained 23 pounds from last year.
Mo Gaba: A heart breaking story this offseason, the passing of Ravens superfan Mo Gaba was announced on July 28th. A dedicated fan of Baltimore sports, Mo passed at age 14 after multiple battles with cancer. He was heavily involved with the Ravens organization, notably announcing the Ravens selection of Ben Powers as the first ever draft pick announced via braille in 2019. He was known as a ray of light by many Ravens players, and always had a sunny and cheery disposition despite the struggles he faced. This post is dedicated to his life, and Mo is beloved across Ravens nation.
Latest Injury and FA News:
Iman Marshal: Torn ACL, out for the year.
Chris Moore: Broken finger, out for a few weeks.
Dez Bryant: The FA WR, has reportedly garnered interest from the Ravens front office and is traveling to Baltimore for a workout.
Projected Starting Lineup:
· QB: Lamar Jackson:
Following an incredible MVP season, expectations are heaped high on QB Lamar Jackson. Jackson amazed with his running ability, making elite athletes routinely look foolish with his juking ability and speed. He was also incredibly efficient in the passing game, leveraging his running threat to keep defenses spread thin. Lamar is expected to continue his dominance this year, as his unique skillset is incredibly difficult to plan for. Jackson has his sights set on the post season, as his 0-2 playoff record is one black mark on an otherwise incredible start to his career.
· RB: Mark Ingram:
Ingram proved to be a force in 2019 as a complement to Lamar, as he chewed up defenses frozen by Jacksons rushing ability for YAC and first downs on a routine basis. As with last year the Ravens will address running back with a committee, expect to see Gus Edwards and new addition JK Dobbins feature heavily in the offense.
· FB: Patrick Ricard:
One of the NFLS few remaining two-way players, Ricard is an 800-pound gorilla whose lead blocking ability sets the tone of the Ravens hardnosed rushing offense.
· TE: Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle:
A dynamic duo, Andrews and Boyle will have more responsibility following the offseason departure of Hayden Hurst. Boyle has proven himself as one of the most effective blockers at the tight end position in the NFL, and he acts almost like another linemen, mauling defense fronts and empowering the run game. Andrews has emerged as one of the premier TE receiving threats in the NFL, and will have the opportunity this year to take the leap needed to reach the tier of players like George Kittle, Travis Kelsey, and Zach Ertz.
· WR: Hollywood Brown, Willie Snead, Miles Boykin:
In an offense that does not heavily feature WR play, the Ravens young corps will need to step up to get the Ravens over the hump in the playoffs. Brown and Boykin will need to take a leap in their second years to solidify the group. Brown faces the weight of expectation as many believe he has the potential to become the 1,000-yard WR threat the Ravens have lacked for most of their franchises’ history.
· LT: Ronnie Stanley:
The best LT in the NFL, Stanley imposes his will on defenders and anchors an offensive line that was dominant in 2019. Stanley’s play last year earned him all pro honors and the biggest question around him is how expensive he will become following the block buster extension signed by Laremy Tunsil this offseason,
· LG: Bradley Boseman:
An average to above average starter at left guard, Bozeman did a good job in 2019. While he will face competition for his spot from players like Ben Powers and Ben Bredeson, he projects to start again in 2020.
· C: Matt Skura: The starting center who was lost mid-season due to injury, Skura’s return is of keen importance to the Ravens. Skura’s back up, Patrick Mekari, did a great job filling in, but was ultimately exposed in the Titan’s game, contributing to the Ravens offensive woes in that matchup.
· RG: DJ Fluker: A road grader in the run game who is average to below average in the passing game, Fluker’s skillset fits what the Ravens are trying to accomplish. While there will be a competition for this spot, the ability to plug in a veteran like Fluker over a first- or second-year player makes him the likely candidate to replace Ravens great Marshal Yanda.
· RT: Orlando Brown Jr.:
A gigantic human being who followed in his father’s footsteps, Brown along with Stanley formed one of the best young tackle duos in the NFL. Brown Jr. was extremely solid in 2019 and should only get better going into this year.
· DL: Derek Wolfe, Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, Jaylon Ferguson:
A group ultimately marked by its failure to stop the run in 2019, the Ravens completely overhauled their starting lineup. The addition of Campbell and Wolfe to a unit that returns Brandon Williams to his natural position of NT should see significant improvement heading into this year.
· LB: Matthew Judon, Patrick Queen, LJ Fort:
A unit that was so weak last year that the Ravens were signing players off the street to start, the LB corps has a lot to live up to in 2020. One of the team’s larger question marks, the LB corps’ effectiveness will ultimately hinge on what level of contribution it can get from rookies Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison.
· CB: Marlon Humphrey, Tavon Young, Marcus Peters:
Featuring one of the best CB duos in the league in Peters and Humphrey, the Ravens CBs will somehow be even better with the return of slot corner Tavon Young from injury. This CB group will be focused on being the best unit in the league, and there is no reason why they should not accomplish that goal.
· S: Chuck Clark, Earl Thomas:
The Ravens Safety group struggled last year until the injury of Tony Jefferson, and over the season anchored a very effective secondary. There were questions at times about Thomas’ hustle, but he will undoubtedly contribute heavily. Clark played well enough to earn a large extension, and his intelligence will feature heavily in the complicated Martindale system.
· K: Justin Tucker:
Not much to say about this one, Justin Tucker is just better than every other kicker in the league. He is extremely clutch and an absolute weapon on game winning drives, oh and he sings opera too.
· P: Sam Koch:
A player who reinvented the way his position is played, Sam Koch rejoins the wolf pack for another season with a fresh leg, after barely having to punt last year. Not a bad gig.
· KR: Justice Hill:
In a crowded RB room, KR may be the best way for the speedy Hill to see the field consistently next year.
· PR: James Proche:
A shifty and speedy talent with extremely sure hands, Proche will compete immediately for the PR spot, and should see time there in 2020.
Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses
Position groups:
· QB: The Ravens are very strong at the QB position. With the League MVP in Lamar Jackson, and an above average back up in RGIII, the team should feel extremely confident about its QB room.
· Backfield: The Ravens have one of the strongest RB Corps in the league, and all 4 RBS should contribute in many ways in the Ravens unique offense.
· OL: One of the strongest units in 2019, the OL should take a step back with the loss of Marshal Yanda. How the unit adjusts to this change will be one of the most important questions for the team to answer this year,
· Pass Catchers: Efficiency is the name of the game for the Ravens passing game and that will be the story in 2020. While there are many teams in the league with more productive TE and WR rooms, the Ravens offensive scheme should allow players like Hollywood Brown and Mark Andrews to be big contributors.
· DL: The DL must do its part in washing the stain of Derek Henry’s play off performance from the Raven’s memory. This unit appears to be much improved and should be poised to do so under the leadership of Calais Campbell.
· LB: This unit is a huge question mark and we will not know how good they are until we can see the impact of the rookies firsthand. If Patrick Queen and Harrison are ready to contribute right away, it should be a solid group.
· Secondary: The Ravens have across the board the most complete secondary in the league, bar none. This unit was extremely strong last year and should remain so in 2020.
· Special Teams: Special Teams has traditionally been a strength for the Ravens. The kicking and punting units should continue to be top of the league, while there are some questions on how the KR and PR teams will perform this year.
Schedule Prediction
Week 1: Browns
Prediction: Win
The Browns have a talented roster and could be a huge threat if they can pull things together in 2020. However, installing a new HC with the limitations of covid places the Ravens as the week one favorites.
Week 2: @ Texans
Prediction: Win
Houston is hard to predict given the instability of the O’Brien regime. However, a Texans team that got trounced by the Ravens last year and lost their star WR will have a hard time overcoming an improved Ravens. The score will likely be closer, but the Ravens should pull it out.
Week 3: Chiefs
Prediction: Loss
The Ravens will have every opportunity to finally snag a win from Patrick Mahomes. However, it will be difficult to overcome a Super Bowl winning team that returns a ridiculous number of starters, especially when Covid steals homefield advantage from you.
Week 4: @ Washington Football Team
Prediction: Win
The WFT comes into the season with a new brand and a fearsome looking defensive line. However, there are too many questions on offense to think the Redskins are likely to beat a stacked Ravens roster.
Week 5: Bengals
Prediction: Win
Joe Burrow has all the tools needed to be an excellent NFL starter. The AFC North is a cold and hostile place however, and it will be difficult to exhibit those talents in year one.
Week 6: @ Eagles
Prediction: Win
The Eagles WR group will have a tough time getting anything going against the Ravens secondary, especially if they have to play from behind. Look for the offense to chew clock and force the Eagles to throw early and often.
Week 7: Steelers
Prediction: Win
Its hard to know how good Pittsburgh will be without seeing the state of Big Ben, but Mike Tomlin is a great head coach and always puts a good team on the field. Since the Ravens and Steelers almost always seems to split, the Ravens are likely to take the contest at home.
Week 8: Bye
The players get much needed rest while I sit in my house cheering for AFC rivals to lose.
Week 9: @ Colts
Prediction: Loss
This Ravens team is stacked, but they are likely to lose a game they should have won, and Indy seems a likely culprit. A talented roster that gets even a decent level of play from Rivers could cause the Ravens to slip up.
Week 10: @ Patriots
Prediction: Win
Belichek always puts a decent product on the field, but a Patriots team that lost the goat QB and was ravaged by opt outs may struggle this season, especially against a team like the Ravens.
Week 11: Titans
Prediction: Win
Revenge game time. A revamped front 7 and a vengeful Lamar Jackson show the Titans how the first game should have gone.
Week 12: @ Steelers
Prediction: Loss
The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is as evenly matched as it is brutal, and its likely the Steelers will be able to split the series with a win at home.
Week 13: Cowboys
Prediction: Win
Dallas has a scary WR corps with the addition of Ceedee Lamb, but after losing Travis Frederick, they might struggle against the Ravens strong secondary and blitz happy front. Ravens win by one score.
Week 14: @ Browns
Prediction: Loss
As stated previously, the Browns have a great roster on paper, and should be a threat. A run first offense with Chubb that utilizes the strong pass catching unit they have could well hand the Ravens a loss later in the season. Or they might continue to be the Browns and not do that at all, but I remain cautious that they can figure it out this year.
Week 15: Jaguars
Prediction: Win
Calais gets to catch up with some old friends while sitting on the bench watching the Ravens offense pound the rock. Ravens cruise to victory.
Week 16: Giants
Prediction: Win
The Giants add an important piece by acquiring a strong Left Tackle but they need to fill a few more holes to compete.
Week 17: u/Bengals
Prediction: Win
Bengals get an advantage as they are comfortable playing at home in an empty stadium, but it is the Lamar Jackson show once again.
Final Record: 12-4
History states that regression is likely after a 14-2 season, and this prediction reflects that. However, the Ravens should still be very strong and Lamar will get his chance once again to prove himself in the post season.
Offensive and Defensive Schemes
Offense: The Ravens debuted a unique offense last year that focused on rushing the ball and using heavy sets with tight ends. The entire offense hinges on the threat of Lamar Jackson running the football. Teams are forced to stay honest up front, or they risk getting gouged by a QB scramble. This allows the Ravens offense to utilize a lot of reads in which Lamar can hand the ball off or keep it himself based on how certain players react. This dynamic run scheme thus allows the passing game by opening holes in the secondary. Look for the Ravens to add more wrinkles in 2020 and utilizes more passing attempts to help the offense remain ahead of the curve.
Defense: The Ravens defense is all about pressure. The Ravens blitz at the highest rate in the NFL. DC Wink Martindale uses multiple looks to confuse quarterbacks by disguising blitzes and coverage. The lynch pin of the scheme is the secondary, which can be left on an island while the front brings pressure. Look for the Ravens to continue this trend in 2020, going after QBs to force mistakes.
Conclusion: The Ravens project as one of the best teams in the NFL, and they need to prove themselves in the post season to take the next step.
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2020.08.18 00:51 Jonnyawesome89 Offseason Review Series: Baltimore Ravens

Coming off an incredible 14-2 regular season in which the Ravens, led by MVP Lamar Jackson, shocked the league with an innovative offense that ran all over opponents. The team looks toward a 2020 campaign in which they will attempt to shake the sting to an extremely disappointing first round playoff exit.
[Ravens]
Division: AFC North
Coaching Changes
In a season rocked by uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ravens have a significant advantage in the fact that they retain both coordinators and head coach after a successful season. In February, head coach John Harbaugh announced title changes for 6 members of the staff (per baltimoreravens.com):
· Chris Horton – special teams coordinator (formerly special teams coach)
· Randy Brown – special teams coach (formerly assistant special teams coach)
· Chris Hewitt – pass defense coordinator (formerly defensive backs coach)
· Sterling Lucas – defensive assistant/defensive line (formerly defensive assistant/linebackers)
· Jesse Minter – defensive backs coach (formerly assistant defensive backs coach)
· Drew Wilkins – outside linebackers coach (formerly assistant defensive line and outside linebackers coach)
Chris Horton
Horton enters his second year guiding the Ravens' special teams unit after taking over for longtime coordinator Jerry Rosburg following his retirement in 2019. Last season, Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro K Justin Tucker finished second in the NFL with a 96.6 percent field goal success rate (28 of 29), which was also the second-best mark in franchise single-season history. Baltimore also finished eighth in punt return average (8.2) in 2019. A seventh-year coach with the Ravens, Horton has been working with the special teams group since 2015.
Randy Brown
Brown is in his 13th year working with the Ravens' specialists. He has had an instrumental role in the development of the team's kicking game by helping Tucker become the most accurate kicker of all time (90.8 percent). Tucker has scored 141 points in each of his past four seasons, which tie for the Ravens single-season scoring record and make him the NFL's only kicker to surpass the 140 mark in each of the last four years (2016-19).
Chris Hewitt
Hewitt enters his ninth-year coaching with the Ravens after serving as the team's defensive backs coach for the past five seasons (2015-19). Last season, Baltimore's pass defense finished sixth in the NFL (207.2 ypg) with three players from the secondary earning Pro Bowl honors (CB Marlon Humphrey, CB Marcus Peters and S Earl Thomas III). Humphrey and Peters also earned first-team All-Pro accolades. Baltimore tallied a 77.5 defensive passer rating in 2019, which stood as the NFL's second-best mark.
Sterling Lucas
Lucas is in his fifth season with the Ravens after joining the team in 2016 as a strength and conditioning assistant in 2016. He has also served as an administrative assistant – defense (2017), quality control – defense (2018) and most recently as defensive assistant/linebackers (2019). Prior to joining Baltimore, Lucas spent two years as a defensive graduate assistant at North Carolina State.
Jesse Minter
Minter has been with the Ravens since 2017, when he started as a defensive assistant. He was promoted to assistant defensive backs coach in 2019, when he worked under Hewitt. This past season, Baltimore tied (Tampa Bay) for the NFL lead with six defensive touchdowns (including three interceptions returned for touchdowns).
Drew Wilkins
Wilkins enters his 11th year with the Ravens after initially joining the team as a football video operations intern in 2010. He served as the team's assistant defensive line & outside linebackers coach the past two seasons (2018-19). Wilkins originally moved to the coaching side in 2013, when he became a coaching staff assistant. He was promoted to defensive assistant in 2014 before becoming the assistant defensive line coach in 2017. In 2019, OLB Matthew Judon led the Ravens with a career-high 9.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. The Ravens also finished with 111 quarterback hits, the NFL's third-most.
Free Agency:
Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Tony Jefferson SS Released
James Hurst OT Released
Michael Pierce DT FA, Minnesota
Josh Bynes ILB FA, Cincinatti
Patrick Onwuasor ILB FA, NY Jets
Seth Roberts WR FA, Carolina
Hayden Hurst TE Traded, Atlanta
Chris Wormley DE Traded, Pittsburgh
De’Anthony Thomas WKR Opt-Out
Andre Smith OT Opt-Out
In an offseason with a few notable departures for the Ravens, none is more impactful than the retirement of OG Marshal Yanda. A 13-year veteran, Yanda anchored the Ravens offensive line, and was consistently amongst the best guards in football. Not just a dominant force on the field, Yanda brought veteran leadership to a young Ravens squad that found a lot of success in the regular season. Now retired, he become a prospect for the NFL Hall of Fame. Marshal Yanda is a caliber of player that is not easily replaced, and the loss of his ability and leadership is one of the biggest question marks for the Ravens offense going into 2020.
Michael Pierce came into the league as an UDFA who was able to become an immediate contributor for the Ravens front 7. An imposing figure at over 330 lbs., Pierce, along with Ravens stalwart Brandon Williams created a stout, if not agile, front for the Ravens defense. Following a 2019 in which Pierce came into camp overweight and out of shape, his long-term future with the team was immediately brought into question, culminating with him signing with the Minnesota Vikings this offseason. The additions by the Ravens of Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe this offseason softens the blow considerably, and the unit may even look to be improved headed into this year.
When it comes to Baltimore Ravens and Greg Roman offenses, extensive use of Tight Ends immediately comes to mind. It was therefore surprising to some when the Ravens decided to trade former first round pick Hayden Hurst to the Falcons this offseason. Hurst played significant snaps for the Ravens in a system that heavily utilizes tight ends. Unfortunately for Hurst, he was injured his rookie season and struggled for targets behind Mark Andrews, who has made a case to be considered a top TE in the league. Ultimately, this may be a rare win-win trade, as Hurst will have an opportunity to flourish with Matt Ryan on a Falcons team who recently lost Austin Hooper, while the Ravens were thrilled to use the resulting pick on standout RB JK Dobbins, who fits their system perfectly.
While neither player was a force in the back field last season, the simultaneous losses of Josh Bynes and Patrick Onwuasor presents an interesting challenge for the Ravens, who are now likely to feature two rookies (Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison) heavily in their rotation this year.
The inclusion of opt-outs due to Covid-19 made this offseason tricky for some teams, but the Ravens were relatively unscathed. While the loss of De’Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith does impact depth, ultimately both players were replacement level, and their loss does not represent a significant challenge for 2020.
Players Acquired

Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Matthew Judon DE Ravens Franchise Tag $16.3MM
Derek Wolfe DE Broncos 1 Year $3MM
Jihad Ward DE Ravens 1 Year $1.1MM
Jimmy Smith CB Ravens 1 Year $3.5MM
Anthony Levine Sr S Ravens 1 Year $1.81MM
Chris Moore WR Ravens 1 Year $1.7MM
Sam Koch P Ravens 2 Years $4.95MM
Matt Skura C Ravens 1 Year RFA Tender
Chuck Clark SS Ravens 3 Years $15.3MM
Jordan Richards S Ravens 1 Year $845k
Gus Edwards RB Ravens 1 Year $750K
Nick Moore LS Ravens 1 Year $610K
Calais Campbell DE Jaguars 2 Years $25MM
DJ Fluker OG Seahawks 1 Year $1.07MM
Pernell McPhee DE Ravens 1 Year $1.1MM
While the Ravens did not make a ton of moves on outside players, they did make a big splash early in the offseason with the acquisition of Calais Campbell. At the low cost of just a 5th round pick, the Ravens were able to acquire a perennial pro bowler and veteran leader. A no brainer for the cost, by making this move, along with the signing of Derek Wolfe, the Ravens were able to address their D Line, a unit that was exposed last year by both Nick Chubb and Derek Henry. On the offensive line, the Ravens were able to add DJ Fluker, who can immediately slot into the void left by Marshal Yanda. While Fluker will certainly be a drop off from the Hall of Fame prospect Yanda, his veteran presence should help minimize the impact of losing such an important player.
On the re-signing front, the name of the game was continuity. The Ravens were able to accomplish this goal, returning key pieces of the 2019 squad. Most notably, the Ravens were able to keep intact what was one of the best secondaries in the NFL last year down the stretch. By re-signing Chuck Clark, Anthony Levine, Jimmy Smith and extending Marcus Peters (with already signed players Marlon Humphrey and Earl Thomas) the Ravens are once again slated to have one of the best secondaries in the NFL. This is key, as the Ravens clock chewing, points scoring offense often forces enemy teams to play from behind, and the Ravens defense is once again set up to make passing the ball extremely difficult. At the DE position the Ravens tagged Matthew Judon. A productive player with a high amount of pressures in 2019, Judon was important to retain on an extremely thin DE unit. On offense, they returned RB Gus Edwards and starting C Matt Skura. Skura is an important piece, as his loss was keenly felt against the Titans following his season ending injury in the Rams game.
Draft
The Ravens are known across the NFL for accumulating picks through trades and compensatory selections. This year was no exception, as the Ravens had 10 total selections, including a whopping 6 picks in the first three rounds.

Round Pick (OVR) Player Position School
1 28 (28) Patrick Queen LB LSU
2 23 (55) JK Dobbins RB Ohio State
3 7 (71) Justin Madubuike DT Texas A&M
3 28 (92) Devin Duvernay WR Texas
3 34 (98) Malik Harrison LB Ohio State
3 42 (106) Tyre Phillips OT Miss State
4 37 (143) Ben Bredeson G Michigan
5 25 (170) Broderick Washington DT Texas Tech
6 22 (201) James Proche WR SMU
7 5 (219) Geno Stone S Iowa

Draft Grades:
Round 1:
Patrick Queen: A+
One of the most notable weaknesses of the Ravens Defense in 2019 was the linebacking corps. After losing CJ Mosley the previous offseason, the remaining LBs proved unequal to the task, culminating in a complete reshuffling of the position with off the street free agents a few weeks into the season. While the new group was serviceable, the Ravens had a noticeably porous run defense when playing from behind, which was not an issue for much of the year but got completely exposed in an embarrassing round 1 playoff exit. This made LB a huge position of need. The Ravens, true to their reputation, remained patient in the first round while other teams linked to first round LB talent, (teams like Green Bay and New Orleans) went elsewhere, and other teams made reaches, (notably the Seahawks one pick earlier) and still got their guy, much later than originally projected. Queen is an exciting addition to the Ravens Defense. Fast and with great instincts, Queen has a knack for always being around the play. He shows up in the biggest moments, snagging a key interception from Tua Tagovailoa against Alabama and earning Defensive MVP honors in the national championship game. Queen does have some weaknesses, with weak tackling at times and only one year of proven production. However, given the Ravens’ ability to develop linebackers, they must have been ecstatic to snag a player who many analysists believed would be long gone by pick 28.
Round 2:
JK Dobbins: A-
The Ravens had perhaps the most dominant rushing attack of the modern era in 2019, which caused many to be shocked when they selected a running back with their second pick of the NFL Draft. However, anyone who is a close observer of the Ravens understood the selection. The Ravens live by the mantra of “Best Player Available” and as an organization refuse to reach for positions of need. This has made them one of the more successful organizations in the draft, as they consistently find value with their picks. Dobbins is a perfect fit for the Ravens system. He is a shifty back with great vision who demonstrated great understanding of how to take what the defense gives him. This projects very well into an offense that opens so many holes with a dominant line and constant running threat of MVP Lamar Jackson. Dobbins should be an immediate contributor and projects as the long-term starter, particularly if the Ravens part ways with Mark Ingram after this year. He is the second All-Time rusher at Ohio State, ahead of players like Ezekiel Elliott and Eddie George. His ability to run out of the pistol makes him a great complement to Lamar Jackson in RPO situations.
Rounds 3:
Justin Madubuke: A
Every year the Ravens seem to have a pick in the mid rounds that dumbfounds analysts. This is because they have a knack for scooping up players that should not still be on the board without giving up capital to do so. In this example, the Ravens traded back from pick 60, and likely still got the player they were targeting. Madubuike is a mountain at 6’3, 293 pounds, and has shown success at not only containing the run but pressuring the QB. Madubuike provides an infusion of youth to a defensive line that is one of the older units on the team. This pick is also indicative of the Ravens commitment to returning to their run stuffing roots, the front office was clearly unhappy with the pain inflicted by Derek Henry in the divisional round.
Devin Duvernay: B+
Coming into 2020, the Ravens WRS are the biggest question mark on the roster. An extremely inexperienced unit, many thought that it was a position that would be addressed much earlier in the draft. However, the Ravens were patient, and snagged the guy they wanted in Devin Duvernay. Duvernay had extremely successful 2019, racking up 1,386 yards and showcasing very reliable hands. The speedy, sure-handed nature of Duvernay’s game is a definite complement to Lamar Jacksons playstyle, as the Ravens rely on efficiency over volume in the passing game. One consideration with Duvernay moving forward is that he is most effective from the slot, which is rather crowded with the Ravens current lineup of pass catchers.
Malik Harrison: A-
As with Patrick Queen, the Ravens were clearly motivated to overhaul a weak line backing unit that was picked on at times in 2019. Harrison, a large, run thumping LB, projects as a great complement to the speedy, instinctual Queen. The Ravens were clearly motivated to fix their run stopping issues. Harrison is a large presence who is extremely reliable in maintaining his gap assignments, which should go a long way in shoring up the Ravens run D.
Tyre Phillips: B-
With the last pick of the third round, an exhausted Roger Goodell announced the pick of Tyre Phillips. Phillips, a 6 ft 5, 345 pound OT, is likely to be involved in the Ravens competition at guard to replace Marshal Yanda. Phillips shows great size and natural athleticism, with some roughness to his technique. While he was drafted earlier than predicted, Phillips will have the chance to grow in the Ravens’ system and compete for a starting role.
Round 4:
Ben Bredeson: A-
An All Big Ten player under head coach John Harbaugh’s brother Jim at Michigan, Ben Bredeson seemed destined to stay in the Harbaugh family. A great complement to the previous pick of Phillips, Bredeson projects as more pro ready on day one. There are concerns about his natural length at the pro level, however, with his technique, Bredeson should be in the mix early on. Adding a second offensive line here was a great move by the Ravens to help shore up their interior O line.
Round 5:
Broderick Washington: C
The Ravens addressed defensive line again in round 5, in a move that was a head scratcher to some. The Ravens like Washington as a player and as a leader, and so did not hesitate to grab him. While this does seem like somewhat of a luxury pick, Washington will get the chance to learn from great players like Calais Campbell and Derek Wolfe. Washington doesn’t need to feel pressured to contribute year one. This pick once again demonstrates the Ravens commitment to “Best player Available”.
Round 6:
James Proche: B+
In a surprise move, the Ravens traded back in to acquire James Proche. A player who analysts like Mel Kiper thought would go much higher, the Ravens get to add another prospect to their stable of young WRs. Proche is a speedy, productive, sure-handed WR that seems to be the favorite of QB Lamar Jackson. With the opting out of De’Anthony Thomas, Proche’s most likely route to the field in year one will be as a kick returner.
Round 7:
Geno Stone: B
With their 10th and final selection of the draft, the Ravens snagged S Geno Stone. An intelligent, cagey safety at Iowa, Stone fell to the seventh round due to concerns around his athleticism. He will have to prove himself to make a stacked roster. However, he does project as a special teams contributor with some long term potential upside in a safety group that lacks depth.
Overall A: In a draft with many picks, the Ravens acquired a lot of good players with immediate contribution potential. They were able to make a good team better without making drastic moves or giving up significant capital. The Ravens FO are masters at letting the draft come to them, and once again they had a consensus great draft that was lauded by analysts.
Other Offseason News that Affected the Team
The Ravens avoided major drama in the offseason. There were, however, a few stories of note in the media.
Earl Thomas Incident: Earl Thomas was in the news following an altercation with his wife in which she allegedly pointed a gun at his head. Thomas’ wife Nina reportedly tracked Earl and his brother to a rental house, were they were shacked up with women. The Ravens were reported to be very displeased with Thomas, who did not alert the team to the story ahead of time. One point that is important to note, that while the entire incident was very strange, Earl was not in the same room as his brother as was being speculated on the internet. Both brothers were in different rooms with their respective partners.
Lamar Jackson: After a breakout MVP season, Lamar has become a veritable superstar, notably gracing the cover of Madden.
Antonio Brown: After being filmed working out with quarterback Lamar Jackson and his cousin, WR Hollywood Brown, Antonio Brown has been repeatedly linked with the Ravens. Jackson has gone as far as to publicly advocate for signing the wayward receiver. However, given that Brown will be suspended for half of the season, and Owner Steve Bischotti has publicly eschewed the idea of signing players with domestic violence issues following the Ray Rice incident, a pairing of Antonio Brown and Jackson seems unlikely.
Hollywood Brown: While not a national story, one thing that Ravens fans are excited about is the offseason progress of Hollywood Brown. After having a screw surgically removed from his foot, Brown has been posting his workouts and has reportedly gained 23 pounds from last year.
Mo Gaba: A heart breaking story this offseason, the passing of Ravens superfan Mo Gaba was announced on July 28th. A dedicated fan of Baltimore sports, Mo passed at age 14 after multiple battles with cancer. He was heavily involved with the Ravens organization, notably announcing the Ravens selection of Ben Powers as the first every draft pick announced via braille in 2019. He was known as a ray of light by many Ravens players, and always had a sunny and cheery disposition despite the struggles he faced. This post is dedicated to his life, and Mo is beloved across Ravens nation.
Latest Injury and FA News:
Iman Marshal: Torn ACL, out for the year.
Chris Moore: Broken finger, out for a few weeks.
Dez Bryant: The FA WR, has reportedly garnered interest from the Ravens front office and is traveling to Baltimore for a workout.
Projected Starting Lineup:
· QB: Lamar Jackson:
Following an incredible MVP season, expectations are heaped high on QB Lamar Jackson. Jackson amazed with his running ability, making elite athletes routinely look foolish with his juking ability and speed. He was also incredibly efficient in the passing game, leveraging his running threat to keep defenses spread thin. Lamar is expected to continue his dominance this year, as his unique skillset is incredibly difficult to plan for. Jackson has his sights set on the post season, as his 0-2 playoff record is one black mark on an otherwise incredible start to his career.
· RB: Mark Ingram:
Ingram proved to be a force in 2019 as a complement to Lamar, as he chewed up defenses frozen by Jacksons rushing ability for YAC and first downs on a routine basis. As with last year the Ravens will address running back with a committee, expect to see Gus Edwards and new addition JK Dobbins feature heavily in the offense.
· FB: Patrick Ricard:
One of the NFLS few remaining two-way players, Ricard is an 800-pound gorilla whose lead blocking ability sets the tone of the Ravens hardnosed rushing offense.
· TE: Mark Andrews, Nick Boyle:
A dynamic duo, Andrews and Boyle will have more responsibility following the offseason departure of Hayden Hurst. Boyle has proven himself as one of the most effective blockers at the tight end position in the NFL, and he acts almost like another linemen, mauling defense fronts and empowering the run game. Andrews has emerged as one of the premier TE receiving threats in the NFL, and will have the opportunity this year to take the leap needed to reach the tier of players like George Kittle, Travis Kelsey, and Zach Ertz.
· WR: Hollywood Brown, Willie Snead, Miles Boykin:
In an offense that does not heavily feature WR play, the Ravens young corps will need to step up to get the Ravens over the hump in the playoffs. Brown and Boykin will need to take a leap in their second years to solidify the group. Brown faces the weight of expectation as many believe he has the potential to become the 1,000-yard WR threat the Ravens have lacked for most of their franchises’ history.
· LT: Ronnie Stanley:
The best LT in the NFL, Stanley imposes his will on defenders and anchors an offensive line that was dominant in 2019. Stanley’s play last year earned him all pro honors and the biggest question around him is how expensive he will become following the block buster extension signed by Laremy Tunsil this offseason,
· LG: Bradley Boseman:
An average to above average starter at left guard, Bozeman did a good job in 2019. While he will face competition for his spot from players like Ben Powers and Ben Bredeson, he projects to start again in 2020.
· C: Matt Skura: The starting center who was lost mid-season due to injury, Skura’s return is of keen importance to the Ravens. Skura’s back up, Patrick Mekari, did a great job filling in, but was ultimately exposed in the Titan’s game, contributing to the Ravens offensive woes in that matchup.
· RG: DJ Fluker: A road grader in the run game who is average to below average in the passing game, Fluker’s skillset fits what the Ravens are trying to accomplish. While there will be a competition for this spot, the ability to plug in a veteran like Fluker over a first- or second-year player makes him the likely candidate to replace Ravens great Marshal Yanda.
· RT: Orlando Brown Jr.:
A gigantic human being who followed in his father’s footsteps, Brown along with Stanley formed one of the best young tackle duos in the NFL. Brown Jr. was extremely solid in 2019 and should only get better going into this year.
· DL: Derek Wolfe, Calais Campbell, Brandon Williams, Jaylon Ferguson:
A group ultimately marked by its failure to stop the run in 2019, the Ravens completely overhauled their starting lineup. The addition of Campbell and Wolfe to a unit that returns Brandon Williams to his natural position of NT should see significant improvement heading into this year.
· LB: Matthew Judon, Patrick Queen, LJ Fort:
A unit that was so weak last year that the Ravens were signing players off the street to start, the LB corps has a lot to live up to in 2020. One of the team’s larger question marks, the LB corps’ effectiveness will ultimately hinge on what level of contribution it can get from rookies Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison.
· CB: Marlon Humphrey, Tavon Young, Marcus Peters:
Featuring one of the best CB duos in the league in Peters and Humphrey, the Ravens CBs will somehow be even better with the return of slot corner Tavon Young from injury. This CB group will be focused on being the best unit in the league, and there is no reason why they should not accomplish that goal.
· S: Chuck Clark, Earl Thomas:
The Ravens Safety group struggled last year until the injury of Tony Jefferson, and over the season anchored a very effective secondary. There were questions at times about Thomas’ hustle, but he will undoubtedly contribute heavily. Clark played well enough to earn a large extension, and his intelligence will feature heavily in the complicated Martindale system.
· K: Justin Tucker:
Not much to say about this one, Justin Tucker is just better than every other kicker in the league. He is extremely clutch and an absolute weapon on game winning drives, oh and he sings opera too.
· P: Sam Koch:
A player who reinvented the way his position is played, Sam Koch rejoins the wolf pack for another season with a fresh leg, after barely having to punt last year. Not a bad gig.
· KR: Justice Hill:
In a crowded RB room, KR may be the best way for the speedy Hill to see the field consistently next year.
· PR: James Proche:
A shifty and speedy talent with extremely sure hands, Proche will compete immediately for the PR spot, and should see time there in 2020.
Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses
Position groups:
· QB: The Ravens are very strong at the QB position. With the League MVP in Lamar Jackson, and an above average back up in RGIII, the team should feel extremely confident about its QB room.
· Backfield: The Ravens have one of the strongest RB Corps in the league, and all 4 RBS should contribute in many ways in the Ravens unique offense.
· OL: One of the strongest units in 2019, the OL should take a step back with the loss of Marshal Yanda. How the unit adjusts to this change will be one of the most important questions for the team to answer this year,
· Pass Catchers: Efficiency is the name of the game for the Ravens passing game and that will be the story in 2020. While there are many teams in the league with more productive TE and WR rooms, the Ravens offensive scheme should allow players like Hollywood Brown and Mark Andrews to be big contributors.
· DL: The DL must do its part in washing the stain of Derek Henry’s play off performance from the Raven’s memory. This unit appears to be much improved and should be poised to do so under the leadership of Calais Campbell.
· LB: This unit is a huge question mark and we will not know how good they are until we can see the impact of the rookies firsthand. If Patrick Queen and Harrison are ready to contribute right away, it should be a solid group.
· Secondary: The Ravens have across the board the most complete secondary in the league, bar none. This unit was extremely strong last year and should remain so in 2020.
· Special Teams: Special Teams has traditionally been a strength for the Ravens. The kicking and punting units should continue to be top of the league, while there are some questions on how the KR and PR teams will perform this year.
Schedule Prediction
Week 1: Browns
Prediction: Win
The Browns have a talented roster and could be a huge threat if they can pull things together in 2020. However, installing a new HC with the limitations of covid places the Ravens as the week one favorites.
Week 2: @ Texans
Prediction: Win
Houston is hard to predict given the instability of the O’Brien regime. However, a Texans team that got trounced by the Ravens last year and lost their star WR will have a hard time overcoming an improved Ravens. The score will likely be closer, but the Ravens should pull it out.
Week 3: Chiefs
Prediction: Loss
The Ravens will have every opportunity to finally snag a win from Patrick Mahomes. However, it will be difficult to overcome a Super Bowl winning team that returns a ridiculous number of starters, especially when Covid steals homefield advantage from you.
Week 4: @ Washington Football Team
Prediction: Win
The WFT comes into the season with a new brand and a fearsome looking defensive line. However, there are too many questions on offense to think the Redskins are likely to beat a stacked Ravens roster.
Week 5: Bengals
Prediction: Win
Joe Burrow has all the tools needed to be an excellent NFL starter. The AFC North is a cold and hostile place however, and it will be difficult to exhibit those talents in year one.
Week 6: @ Eagles
Prediction: Win
The Eagles WR group will have a tough time getting anything going against the Ravens secondary, especially if they have to play from behind. Look for the offense to chew clock and force the Eagles to throw early and often.
Week 7: Steelers
Prediction: Win
Its hard to know how good Pittsburgh will be without seeing the state of Big Ben, but Mike Tomlin is a great head coach and always puts a good team on the field. Since the Ravens and Steelers almost always seems to split, the Ravens are likely to take the contest at home.
Week 8: Bye
The players get much needed rest while I sit in my house cheering for AFC rivals to lose.
Week 9: @ Colts
Prediction: Loss
This Ravens team is stacked, but they are likely to lose a game they should have won, and Indy seems a likely culprit. A talented roster that gets even a decent level of play from Rivers could cause the Ravens to slip up.
Week 10: @ Patriots
Prediction: Win
Belichek always puts a decent product on the field, but a Patriots team that lost the goat QB and was ravaged by opt outs may struggle this season, especially against a team like the Ravens.
Week 11: Titans
Prediction: Win
Revenge game time. A revamped front 7 and a vengeful Lamar Jackson show the Titans how the first game should have gone.
Week 12: @ Steelers
Prediction: Loss
The Ravens-Steelers rivalry is as evenly matched as it is brutal, and its likely the Steelers will be able to split the series with a win at home.
Week 13: Cowboys
Prediction: Win
Dallas has a scary WR corps with the addition of Ceedee Lamb, but after losing Travis Frederick, they might struggle against the Ravens strong secondary and blitz happy front. Ravens win by one score.
Week 14: @ Browns
Prediction: Loss
As stated previously, the Browns have a great roster on paper, and should be a threat. A run first offense with Chubb that utilizes the strong pass catching unit they have could well hand the Ravens a loss later in the season. Or they might continue to be the Browns and not do that at all, but I remain cautious that they can figure it out this year.
Week 15: Jaguars
Prediction: Win
Calais gets to catch up with some old friends while sitting on the bench watching the Ravens offense pound the rock. Ravens cruise to victory.
Week 16: Giants
Prediction: Win
The Giants add an important piece by acquiring a strong Left Tackle but they need to fill a few more holes to compete.
Week 17: u/Bengals
Prediction: Win
Bengals get an advantage as they are comfortable playing at home in an empty stadium, but it is the Lamar Jackson show once again.
Final Record: 12-4
History states that regression is likely after a 14-2 season, and this prediction reflects that. However, the Ravens should still be very strong and Lamar will get his chance once again to prove himself in the post season.
Offensive and Defensive Schemes
Offense: The Ravens debuted a unique offense last year that focused on rushing the ball and using heavy sets with tight ends. The entire offense hinges on the threat of Lamar Jackson running the football. Teams are forced to stay honest up front, or they risk getting gouged by a QB scramble. This allows the Ravens offense to utilize a lot of reads in which Lamar can hand the ball off or keep it himself based on how certain players react. This dynamic run scheme thus allows the passing game by opening holes in the secondary. Look for the Ravens to add more wrinkles in 2020 and utilizes more passing attempts to help the offense remain ahead of the curve.
Defense: The Ravens defense is all about pressure. The Ravens blitz at the highest rate in the NFL. DC Wink Martindale uses multiple looks to confuse quarterbacks by disguising blitzes and coverage. The lynch pin of the scheme is the secondary, which can be left on an island while the front brings pressure. Look for the Ravens to continue this trend in 2020, going after QBs to force mistakes.
Conclusion: The Ravens project as one of the best teams in the NFL, and they need to prove themselves in the post season to take the next step.
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2020.07.31 16:07 spacedunce-5 Folklore literary analysis Part 4: Exile

INTRODUCTION
There is nothing like the duet in contemporary written poetry. Music can overlap and harmonize, but reading is necessarily linear. The closest thing I can think of is this cool poem by Fred Chappell. Fortunately, the oral tradition of poetry is alive and well in the form of Spoken Word poetry. A lot of it is rather angry and indignant, since anger is the most immediate and (briefly) all-consuming emotion, but you also have some great stuff, like this duet-like poem by Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye.
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If you're confused about what's going on in this series, you can read the Preamble to Part 1, which also has a table of contents.
EXILE
"With his arms around your body" immediately brings in the physical aspect of possessive romantic love. Like, immediately. When I first heard this song, the first shock was Justin Vernon's voice obviously, but this second line also gave me a shock of visceral emotion. And it's arms, PLURAL.
"Laughin', but the joke's not funny at all" has two readings. It's actually not a funny joke and the woman and her new partner are laughing because love makes people idiots. Or, it is a funny joke, but the man is too sad to join in. Either way, it's a quick way to further the man's alienation.
"To pack us up and leave me with it / Holdin' all this love out here in the hall": "It" could be symbolic, the love of the second line, or literal, the things she packed up, which are his things because he's the one standing in the hall. To be fair, who's leaving whom is an ambiguity, because the motif of leaving is mostly symbolic to tie into the notion of exile. It's equally possible that he's seeing her off as she leaves. That's one of the beautiful things about this song: She has a new partner, but both feel exiled.
"You're not my homeland anymore" is an excellent line! Home has many connotations that I needn't go into here (including a connection with homesteading and pioneer culture that may echo the notion of being exiled), but most of those connotations go into "homeland" as well, with additional ideas of community and country. It's a very, very complex idea, full of both pride and disappointment, that neatly captures the complexity of their relationship (paradox alert).
"So what am I defending now?" alludes to the traditional role of the man as defender of home and hearth. It's also ambiguous whether he's referring to the woman or the relationship as the thing he no longer has (in the sense of possession, in addition to necessity) to defend.
"You were my town, now I'm in exile, seein' you out": This whole stanza has a constellation of assonance and rhymes: "before" and "anymore," "ending" and "defending," and "town" and "out" (and also "exile" if you say it a certain way).
"I think I've seen this film before" is repeating the first line of the chorus; you may not have noticed that on a cursory listen, because the two lines have completely different meters. The repetition acts as a framing device separating the concrete imagery from the abstract symbolism.
"Ooh, ooh, ooh": in which Vernon gets to use his famous falsetto.
"Like he's just your understudy": again with the great use of uncommon words!
"Like you'd get your knuckles bloody for me": Man as defender; it seems like the couple had 99 problems, but disagreeing on traditional gender roles ain't one.
"Second, third, and hundredth chances" is a pretty awkward line to sing, especially when "hundredth" is drawn out like that. Reminds me of Mark Hamill complaining on a late-night talk show about how George Lucas's dialogue was unreadable, like it was so filled with tongue-twisting jargon that it was literally hard to say.
"Balancin' on breaking branches" stands out as the sole line of abstract symbolism in the verses. It feels like Taylor didn't know what other imagery she could add in just one line. To be fair, the scene is already comprehensively set by now.
"Those eyes add insult to injury" is the first mention of having been wronged, and is yet another great example of Taylor resurrecting a cliche--here she means both "insult" and "injury" literally (if emotionally).
"I'm not your problem anymore / So who am I offending now?" is the woman throwing the man's words back at him, which is why they sound kinda sexist.
"You were my crown, now I'm in exile, seein' you out": Calling him her crown is a fascinating reversal of the trope of calling a feminized India the jewel of the royal crown. Alternatively, it could also be alluding to a woman gaining a crown when marrying a king. Note how both speakers say they're seeing the other one out. Just because she dumps him doesn't mean it's she who moves out.
"So I'm leaving out the side door" doesn't appear in the first verse and so is a smart way to signal that something musically different is coming.
"So step right out, there is no amount / Of crying I can do for you": His telling her to step right out echoes her decision to leave through the side door, like he's saying, "Fine! If you want to leave, leave!" And then of course he follows that with, "Oh, so now you're crying? Well what do you want me to do, cry for you?"
"We always walked a very thin line" echoes "balancin' on breaking branches."
"You didn't even hear me out (You didn't even hear me out)" is actually a line of disagreement: Both sides are saying that the other person didn't listen enough.
"I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)": Here, both sides agree that he should've been able to read her mind. Peeps, this isn't saying that you MUST be able to do this, only that it's a natural development of being so close with someone you care about, so if you can't do it, maybe you're not as close as you thought.
"I couldn't turn things around (You never turned things around)" is an admission on his part that he was more to blame, and that both sides agree on this.
"So many signs, so many signs" is sung by both; for her it's repeating that she gave so many signs, but for him it's regret at not having been able to see any of them, as in, "Wow, there were so many signs...."
"You never gave a warning sign (All this time) / (So many times) I never learned to read your mind / (So many signs) I couldn't turn things around (I couldn't turn things around)" rejuxtaposes the lines to create new meaning. There were warning signs all this time; there were so many times he couldn't read her mind; he couldn't turn things around even in the face of (or because he couldn't see) all the warning signs. Reminds me of a similar trick in this poem by Edward Hirsch.
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Aside from being melodically stunning, "exile" works because it's mainly a clash of perspectives with no ill will on either side. It's, quite literally, a tragedy.
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2020.07.27 22:27 BehemothTheDinosaur Help with boy names!

After making a long list of girl names I love, I found out that I'm having a boy. There are plenty of boy names that are... fine, but nothing my partner and I both love so far.
Names we both like: George, Parker, Theodore (although worried about popularity), Alexander (too similar to my name), Owen, Stanley.
Names that I like and my partner dislikes: Jack, Sullivan, Isaac, Soren, Bennett, Graham, Cohen, Arthur, Spencer, Sebastian.
Names we both dislike: Milo, Liam, Noah, Rowan, Aiden (or any of its rhyming derivatives), 90s boy names (Mike, Nick, Matt), James, Thomas, William.
Names we like in theory but can't picture ourselves actually using: Arlo, Silas, Harlan, Luca, Oliver.
Thank you for the name help, Reddit!
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2020.07.25 15:46 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Arizona
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2-year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season and remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, but he projects to compete for Arizona on a 1-year deal. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1-year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2-year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their 7th-ranked total defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1-year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played high safety, box safety, and a key special-teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet and Austin. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Brian Poole NCB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be worth the $6.5 MM deal to get a shot on the outside. Grade: A
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3-year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3-year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the Jets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: A
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1-year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former 2nd-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained NCB Brian Poole to play slot on a 1-year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis Cal
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville LT Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and CeeDee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies expectations with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and blocking. Mims should start at outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted Cal FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played high safety, box safety, and even slot corner at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and some interior versatility, and he could project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and Kyle Phillips, but it's hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback with Le'Veon Bell already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' 4th-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual football fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte LT Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets addressed the secondary in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already in the fold, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their 6th-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage and a redzone threat. Alabama NCB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a nickel corner, a box safety, a high safety, and a subpackage linebacker, and he likely would have been drafted if teams had been able to conduct medical rechecks on him after a minor injury prevented him from working out at the Combine.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with La'El Collins and Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade targets. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All Pro Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

Pos 1 2 3 4
off
QB Sam Darnold J Flacco J Morgan
RB Le'Veon Bell F Gore L Perine T Cannon
WR Breshad Perriman J Smith
WR Denzel Mims V Smith
SWR Jamison Crowder B Berrios
TE Chris Herndon R Griffin D Brown
LT Mekhi Becton C Clark
LG Alex Lewis G Van Roten
C Connor McGovern J Harrison
RG Brian Winters
RT George Fant C Edoga
def
EDGE Jordan Jenkins K Phillips
EDGE Tarell Basham J Zuniga
DT Henry Anderson N Shepherd F Fatukasi
DT Quinnen Williams S McLendon
ILB CJ Mosley N Hewitt B Cashman
ILB Avery Williamson P Onwuasor H Langi
CB Pierre Desir B Hall
CB Arthur Maulet Q Wilson
NCB Brian Poole S Carter
SS Jamal Adams A Davis
FS Marcus Maye M Farley
spec
K Sam Ficken
P Braden Mann
LS Thomas Hennessy
 
Roster Bubble (In): RB Trenton Cannon, WR Jeff Smith, ILB Harvey Langi, NCB Shyheim Carter, K Sam Ficken
 
Roster Bubble (Out): WR Josh Doctson, TE Trevon Wesco, LG Josh Andrews, EDGE John Franklin-Myers, CB Blessuan Austin
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers with drop issues across Robby Anderson and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who supposedly won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a 4th-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, with Vyncint Smith as the presumptive WR4, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could face competition from 4th-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the next two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle to compete with Chuma Edoga.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This is a tough pill to swallow for Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally and John Franklin-Myers competing for snaps. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before regressing to the mean in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston and Shyheim Carter could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher to compete with last year's starter Sam Ficken. At punter, the Jets have rookie Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stefon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and with the team coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, and Javon Kinlaw should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and so it would be difficult to envision the Jets winning in week 2. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage that the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, the Jets should be seen as heavy underdogs in week 4. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s unlikely that the Jets will go on the road to the West Coast and beat an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a shot to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rush to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game for New England. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Carr, Dalton, Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a jump in competition level.
 

Training Camp Battles

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally are been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves to be too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year that he needed extensive help from tight ends.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and the defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off waivers in 2018, is the odds-on favorite to start once again after only notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. Franklin-Myers, a large and athletic pass rusher who missed last season with an undisclosed injury after the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams, could compete for a large snap share with a strong camp.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, incumbent starter and penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Williams, McLendon, and Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie 5th-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former 6th-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have to climb out of Gregg Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching last season.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone-blocking, short-passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.21 01:09 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of the letter M in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of the letter M under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Mack, Carol & Earl: Carol Mack (nee Dickey) is an interior designer. Carol is a friend of Epstein and Ghislaine (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/carol-mack-jeffrey-epstein-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-news-photo/1161443015?adppopup=true). Earle Mack was the US Ambassador to Finland from 2004-2005. He is a businessman involved in real estate and investing.
Macmillan, Dave & Bella: David is a publisher and the grandson of Harold Macmillan, former British Prime Minister (1957-1963). Bella is a British socialite and author. She also designed dresses for Princess Diana. They are now divorced. David and Bella made news in 2015 when it was revealed that Michael Lynton, the CEO of Sony Pictures, jokingly mentioned firing the UK culture minister so that David can take over (https://www.theregister.com/2015/04/18/sony_emails_lynton_vaizey/). David and Bella were voted a top 50 power couple over the age 50 back in 2013.
Magaziner, Ira C: Was the senior advisor of policy development for President Bill Clinton. He now serves in a leadership role for the Clinton Foundation. He is a CEO and Vice Chairman of the Clinton Health Access Initiative which helps people gain access to medicine and health services in low and middle income countries, most notably in Africa. Remember, the Clintons helped bail out their colleague, Laura Silsby, who was caught trying to traffick 33 Haitian children (https://harvardhrj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2009/09/King.pdf). Most importantly, Magaziner traveled on the Lolita Express on several occasions (https://www.golocalprov.com/news/exclusive-sexual-predator-jeffrey-epstein-tied-to-ris-ira-magaziner-father), including the infamous flight that included Epstein, Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Naomi Campbell, and Chris Tucker. Magaziner also flew with Ghislaine Maxwell, also (https://www.golocalprov.com/news/new-epstein-associate-maxwell-who-flew-with-ira-magaziner-arrested).
Maguire, Jennifer: Jennifer Maguire Isham is the former president of the Tribeca Film Festival where she worked closely with Robert De Niro. There are tons of pictures of them together. Before that, she was senior vice president of programming at CNN and worked at ABC where she was a producer and senior staff member at Primetime Live and ABC News. Her husband is VP and Washington Bureau Chief for CBS News. Jennifer and her husband were photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at Epstein friend Peggy Siegal’s birthday party in 2007 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/jennifer-maguire-isham-chris-isham-and-ghislaine-maxwell-news-photo/609461442).
Mahler, Giovanni: Businessman in the gas industry. He co-founded Navigator Gas shipping company. The most interesting story revolving around Mahler can be read here (https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/millionaires-wife-is-killed-by-speedboat-in-sardinia-305350.html). Mahler was on a motorboat on the way to his yacht in Sardinia where close friend Flavio Briatore (Briatore is Naomi Campbell’s ex-boyfriend and was photographed with Epstein victim Virginia Roberts several times - https://www.the-sun.com/news/265368/prince-andrew-epstein-scandal-accuser-virginia-roberts-posts-chilling-message-aimed-at-naomi-campbell-and-ghislaine/) waited. On the way to the yacht, Mahler and the others on board struck and killed Alex Ciardi, wife of investment banker Giuseppe Ciardi. Turns out that Alex Ciardi worked with the NSPCC, a children’s charity that several others in Epstein’s ‘black book’ (Jemma Kidd, Tim Jeffries, Mary Glanville, Clare Hazell-Ivaegh, Ben Holland-Martin) and Princess Margaret have served. The accident occurred close to Silvio Berlusconi’s villa. Berlusconi is a billionaire businessman and four-time former Prime Minister of Italy who throws infamously raunchy Bunga Bunga parties. He was convicted of paying an underage prostitute for sex, but those charges were later overturned.
Mahoney, Sean: A long-time investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank.
Mailer, Michael: Movie producer. Son of Norman Mailer, the famous author and journalist.
Mailman, Josh: Not enough info.
Malek, Harry & Didi: Diddi owns a fine art consultancy company that gives guidance to buyers and collectors. No info on Harry.
Malenga (Mandela) Machel: A managing director at Whatana Investments Group in Mozambique. His father, Samora Machel, was the first president of Mozambique. He died in an airplane crash in 1986 under mysterious circumstances. His mother, Graca Machel, runs the company. After her husband Samora died, she married Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013.
Malina, Marjorie: Wife of Frank Malina who co-founded Aerojet, an American rocket and missile propulsion manufacturer. Frank went on to become head of scientific research at UNESCO before creating Leonardo, a peer-reviewed research journal. Frank was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1990. Marjorie is the mother of Ghislaine’s brother-in-law, Roger Malina.
Malkin, Shelly & Tony: Shelly comes from major oil money. Her grandfather founded Belco Petroleum, which was bought out by Enron in the ‘80s. Tony is the chairman, president, and CEO of Empire State Realty Trust, the real estate investment company that owns the Empire State Building, and other properties around New York.
Mallinckrodt, Mr. Philip: A former investment banker with Credit Suisse, Schroders, and Citibank. Has served as non-executive director of The Economist, a weekly newspaper that focuses on current affairs, international business, politics, and technology, for the last three years. The Rothschild family owns 21% of shares in the company. Mallinckrodt is a member of The Pilgrims Society and takes part in the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Manconi, John: Businessman who hosts super exclusive charity polo events attended by Prince Charles, Harry, and Andrew (https://variety.com/2002/scene/vpage/royals-have-splendid-time-1117868882/).
Mandelson, Peter: European Trade Commissioner from 2004-2008. A Labour party politician who held several cabinet posts under suspected pedophile Tony Blair and was First Secretary of State from 2009-2010. Mandelson was a very close friend of Epstein’s. Mandelson (allegedly) phoned Epstein in 2009, while Epstein was in jail, to ask Epstein to arrange a meeting with him and Jamie Dimon, the head of JP Morgan. Epstein agreed to do so, often addressing Mandelson by the nickname “Petie” (https://nypost.com/2019/10/20/uk-politician-peter-mandelson-allegedly-called-jeffrey-epstein-in-jail-for-a-favo). Mandelson was introduced to Epstein through Ghislaine Maxwell (they met through her father), who he has been friends with since the 1980s. He is also a very close friend of Prince Andrew. Mandelson is confirmed to have stayed on Epstein’s island and had dinner at Epstein’s NYC mansion with Donald Trump, David Blaine, and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7412517/Peter-Mandelson-Jeffrey-Epstein-Ex-Labour-minister-shopping-depraved-financier-2005.html). If you scroll through the article, you will see pictures of Mandelson shopping with Epstein, as well as pictures of him with Prince Andrew. Mandelson has long been suspected of giving tax breaks to Russian oligarchs, although he has denied these charges. Mandelson is gay and has been living with his partner for over 20 years.
Manfredini Alessandro: A sculptor and graphic artist who turned to modeling in his 40s (https://made-to-measure-suits.bgfashion.net/article/14889/77/Alessandro-Manfredini-the-man-who-became-famous-with-his-beard).
Mangope Eddie: Son of Lucas Mangope, former President of Bophuthatswana in South Africa, a nation which further propagated apartheid.
Manners, Eddie: Lord Manners is the son of the 10th Earl of Rutland and an investment banker. He lives at Haddon Hall, a beautiful old mansion.
Manners, Miss Lucy: An interior designer who is the cousin of Eddie (mentioned above) and the Duke of Rutland. Lucy is a very close friend of Sarah, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s first wife), a close friend of Epstein’s, and even served as her lady-in-waiting. Manners lives at Eastnor Castle, which houses 96 rooms.
Manners, Terssa: Teresa is the daughter of the 10th Duke of Rutland and sister of Eddie and the 11th Duke of Rutland. She was the cover girl for Tatler and posed for Vogue, two magazines that feature many Epstein contacts.
Manzano, Jose Luis & Alejandra: Jose Luis is an Argentine businessman and former politician. He is a partner in Grupo America, the second largest multimedia group in the country. He has given money to the Clinton Foundation and The Climate Reality Project ran by Al Gore.
Mappin, John: Scientologist owner of Camelot Castle and is a “central figure behind Turning Point UK, the British arm of the pro-Trump American student organization” (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/11/trum-and-farage-supporter-flies-flag-for-qanon-rar-right-conspiracy).
Margolis, Eric: A journalist who worked as contributing editor for the Toronto Sun and has appeared on CNN and on the Huffington Post website. He inherited Canadian vitamin manufacturer Jamieson Laboratories, which he sold for $300 million in 2014. Margolis chastises Epstein, Maxwell, Clinton and others and denies doing anything inappropriate, although he does claim to have been to Epstein’s homes in NYC and Florida. He says that he suspected it was a ‘honey trap’ (https://ericmargolis.com/2019/07/the-honey-trap-on-e-71st/).
Marks, Stephen & Alisa: Stephen is the founder and chairman of French Connection clothing brand. Alisa is his gold digging ex-wife.
Marocco, Manilo & Pia: Manilo is an investment banker. He attended a gala for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), along with Ghislaine Maxwell, Naomi Campbell, and several other people mentioned in Epstein’s contact list (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/the-nspccs-charity-gala). The number of suspected pedophiles and child traffickers that are involved with the NSPCC is mindblowing. His ex-wife, Pia, is close friends with Allegra Hicks (https://www.pressreader.com/uk/evening-standard-west-end-final-extra-es-homes-and-property/20080305/281767034925175), who is also in Epstein’s book.
Marsh, Jeremy: Has served as a managing director and president of Warner Bros. Records, Virgin, Telstar, and RCA.
Marterier, Astrid: A fashion consultant who used to work as VP of Global Sales and Merchandising for several brands, including Von Furstenberg, whose family makes several appearances on this list.
Martins, Peter: Leader of the New York City Ballet who was forced to retire in 2018 because he was accused of sexually abusing his dancers, dating back decades (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/arts/dance/peter-martins-resigns-ballet.html). Of course, he was eventually found to be innocent of these charges. Coincidentally, it seems as though Epstein target dancers at NYC studios, including one who was approached by an intermediary after ballet class (https://www.pointemagazine.com/jeffrey-epstein-dancers-2640183763.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2).
Marzotto, Matteo: Fashion mogul. Marzotto’s family owned Valentino fashion before selling in 2006. He used to date scumbag supermodel Naomi Campbell, who is embroiled in Epstein’s child trafficking and child abuse ring. They broke up because of her fiery temper (https://www.bild.de/news/bild-english/supermodels-ex-matteo-marzotto-says-temper-caused-split-8361996.bild.html).
Mason, Christopher: A journalist and author who writes about the rich. Best friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Sang a raunchy song for Ghislaine at her birthday party in 1994 (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/us/ghislaine-maxwell-epstein.html). Mason is going to appear in the docu-series, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” next month and has turned his back on Maxwell since finding out about her participation in the pedophila and child trafficking ring (https://nypost.com/2020/07/04/friends-fear-ghislaine-maxwell-is-in-danger-worried-for-her-safety/). The fact that he is denying any knowledge of what happened and is actually participating in this docu-series should tell you how full of shit this guy is.
Massimo, Parisi: Founder of Baltic Model Management.
Mattsson, Carolina: Owns a consulting company in Sweden. No other info found.
Mavroleon, Caitlin: Creative Consultant and Creative Direct for Art for Youth London, a charity that raises money for UK youth. Comes from a family of Greek shipping magnates.
Mavroleon, Basil & Carina: Basil is still involved in shipping, working at Genco as an Independent Director.
Mavroleon, Carlos: This guy lived a life-and-a-half. Heir to the family fortune, Carlos became disillusioned with his privileged status. He moved to Afghanistan and converted to Islam. He moved back to Britain two years later, heavily involved with drugs, specifically heroin. Despite this, he went to Harvard and became a friend and guest of the Kennedys at their home in Hyannisport. After nailing Mary Richardson, Bobby Kennedy Jr’s future wife, he joined the Mujahideen and even led attacks against the Russians. He returned to Britain and nearly married the daughter of former British politician Michael Heseltine, who has some serious pedo connections and is listed in Epstein’s book (check out my G-I thread for more info). Carlos would go on to become a war reporter and was charged with looking for Osama Bin Laden for the news program ‘60 Minutes’. He was found days later, dead of a heroin overdose, in a sleazy hotel on the outskirts of town. Many conspiracies abound (including from his family) who believe he was murdered because he was found with a heroin needle and it was well known that he never injected (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1216159/The-drug-addict-friends-haunt-Trinny-Woodall.html).
Mavroleon, Manoli: From the same Greek shipping magnate family. His name was listed in the Panama Papers (https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/11000305) for using offshore tax havens.
Mavroleon, Mr. Bluey: Father of Carlos (above) and Nicholas (below). Ran the family company for a while.
Mavroleon, Nicholas & Barbara: Nicholas works in the family business. His ex-wife, Barbara Carrera, is a model and actress.
Maxwell & Laurens, Ms Anne: Anne is Ghislaine’s eldest sister. She is a failed actress who became a hypnotherapist in Surrey.
Maxwell Malina, Christine: Older sister of Ghislaine. Used to run the West Coast office of Pergamon Press for her father in the ‘70s and ‘80s. She is a successful Internet content pioneer and educator. Rumors swirl about her involvement with tracking software and working for Israeli intelligence. Twin sister of Isabel (below). There is a great article on the Maxwells and their in-laws, particularly Christine’s husband, Roger Malina (https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-friend-ghislaine-maxwell-has-more-skeletons-in-her-family-closet-than-a-house-of-horrors?ref=scroll).
Maxwell, Debbie: No info found.
Maxwell, Dr & Mrs Philip: Philip is Ghislaine’s older brother. Had a horrible relationship with his father. Wanted to become a writer.
Maxwell, E: Ghislaine’s mom. Died in 2013.
Maxwell, Ian & Tara: Ian is Ghislaine’s brother and a businessman. In 2018, he and his brother Kevin (listed below) founded the UK Think Tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism (CoJit), which is ironic considering that most, if not all, of the family are likely Israeli intelligence.
Maxwell, Isabel: Older sister of Ghislaine. Co-founded Magellan with sister, Christine, and has served on the World Economic Forum (as has Philip Mallinckrodt, listed above). Along with twin sister, Christine, is rumored to be involved in tracking software and Israeli intelligence. This Reddit thread on the family is rather fantastic (https://www.reddit.com/Epstein/comments/eswqq4/ghislaine_maxwells_sisters_involved_with_silicon/).
Maxwell, Kevin and Pandora: Kevin is Ghislaine’s older brother and co-founder of the UK Think Tank called Combating Jihadist Terrorism (CoJit) with brother Ian (above).
Maxwell, Marcella: Ghislaine’s niece. Daughter of Philip Maxwell.
Mayhew, Mr John: Owner of the famous Rules restaurant in Covent Garden. Inherited the Lartington Estate.
Mazandi, Yassi: Sculptor and painter.
Mazzoti, Mateo: Violin maker.
MC & Allenor: Not positive. Could be a garden designer. Typing in the address from Epstein’s book led to this site (http://www.gardens-guide.com/gardenpages/_0532.htm), which has an email address at the top that reads [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]), a close match to the email address in Epstein’s book.
McAlpine, Alistair & Romilly: Baron McAlpine of West Green was a close advisor to Margaret Thatcher and served in the House of Lords for 26 years. McAlpine was falsely accused (supposedly) of child abuse by the BBC program, Newsnight. He won £185,000 in damages from BBC and £125,000 from ITV, both of which he donated to the children’s charity, Children in Need. Coincidentally, McAlpine collected the work of Graham Ovenden, an artist who drew naked children. Ovenden was found guilty of sexual abuse against children against underage girls, some as young as six-years-old (https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/09/artist-graham-ovenden-two-years-jail). Romilly was McAlpine’s 2nd wife. Alistair died in 2014.
McDonald, John: NYC-based restaurateur.
McFarland, Anthony: No info found.
McKenzie, Raymond: Former investment banker at Lazard Freres and Morgan Stanley. Both firms appear constantly while going through Epstein’s contacts.
Mclancy Gas: No info found.
Mclane, Shannon: Fashion designer.
Mcleod Jock & Pru: Alasdair ‘Jock’ MacLeod is a long-time executive at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. His wife, Prudence, is Rupert Murdoch’s daughter. Coincidentally, Prudence attended The Dalton School while Epstein taught there in the ‘70s (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/12/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-dalton-teacher.html). Rupert Murdoch is listed later on in Epstein’s contacts. Murdoch also goes back a long way with Ghislaine. Murdoch and Ghislaine’s father, Robert, were rivals since they both owned competing newspapers in the U.S. and abroad (https://c8.alamy.com/comp/B502J2/rupert-murdoch-media-baron-in-conversation-with-fellow-newspaper-owners-B502J2.jpg).
Meister, Todd: Meister is a hedge fund manager who was married to Nicky Hilton for six weeks back in 2004. Hilton later married into the Rothschild family. Meister is a potential witness who might have knowledge of Epstein and Maxwell’s child trafficking and abuse (https://www.the-sun.com/news/778758/jeffrey-epstein-enablers-named-sex-trafficking-underage-victims/). Les Wexner invested a ton of money in Meister’s hedge fund. Todd’s father, Robert, was the one who introduced Epstein to Wexner (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/07/jeffrey-epsteins-financial-black-book).
Mendoza, Neil: British publisher and entrepreneur. Mendoza served as Chairman for The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, a children’s charity founded by Prince Charles (https://news.sky.com/story/stars-join-prince-charles-to-demand-all-children-get-access-to-the-arts-11491201). Mendoza also serves on the Shakespeare Schools Foundation, another children’s charity. Actor Ralph Fiennes, who is also listed in Epstein’s book, is one of the patrons of the charity (https://www.shakespeareschools.org/about-us/patrons). As of 2018, Mendoza has been the Provost of Oriel College, Oxford.
Menzies, Kate: Close friend of Princess Diana and the Royal Family. The Menzies are millionaires because of their newsagents and distribution group.
Merison, Guy & Caroline: Guy is co-founder of Hartees, a commodities firm specializing in energy.
Merivale-Austen, Bruce: Managing Partner of DM Partners Asia, a private wealth management firm. Plays polo every summer with Prince William and Prince Harry (https://www.thailandtatler.com/people/brouce-merivale-austin).
Mermagon, Mr Jonathan: Businessman and close friend of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, whose name keeps popping up. Memagden even served as Chairman of the UK PTI Secretariat (https://news.cision.com/curzon-pimran-khan-shares-vision-for-building-a-stronger-pakistan-through-trade,c9336910). PTI is the current ruling political party in Pakistan.
Metcalf Justin: See below under Justin and Joane Metcalfe.
Metcalf Melanie & Julian: Julian is the founder of the popular sandwich shop chain, Pret a Manger. Metcalfe has attended charity events for ARK (https://www.tatler.com/gallery/ark-charity-auction), Arpad Busson’s children’s charity and chain of children’s schools, which I wrote about last year (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/).
Metcalfe, Julian and Melanie: Same as above.
Metcalfe, Justin & Joane: Justin a jeweller in London. Joane was a fashion and interior designer. Died of lung cancer in 2016.
Metz, Robin: No info found.
Meyer, Tony: Investment banker. Co-founder of Lazard Freres Real Estate Investors as an affiliate of Lazard Freres & Co. (https://www.cfany.org/speaker-organizeanthony-e-meye). Another Lazard Freres connection.
Micklethwait, Fev & John: John has been the current editor-in-chief of Bloomberg News since 2015. He was the editor-in-chief of The Economist (21% Rothschild owned) from 2006-2015. In 2019, he ordered his employees not to investigate Bloomberg (their boss) or any other Democratic candidates during Bloomberg’s presidential campaign (https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/24/bloomberg-news-will-not-investigate-mike-bloomberg-or-his-democratic-rivals-during-primary.html). Had they investigated their boss, they would have discovered his relationships with Epstein, Maxwell, Weinstein, and Wexner (https://www.mintpressnews.com/mike-bloomberg-ties-jeffery-epstein-harvey-weinstein/265369/).
Milani, Gianluca: No info found.
Milford Haven George & Clare: George Mountbatten, 4th Marquess of Milford Haven. Second cousin of Prince Charles. Founded uSwitch, a website that allows you to compare suppliers of various services. Sold the company for $400 million. George’s grandfather was the older brother of Lord Mountbatten, alleged pedophile and father figure/mentor to Prince Charles. George’s wife, Clare, was the Social Editor of Tatler magazine (there it is again!) from 1995-2005.
Milford Haven, Sarah: First wife of George Milford Haven. Daughter of millionaire businessman and gangster George Walker.
Miller, Nicole & Kim Taipale: Miller is a millionaire fashion designer and businesswoman. Taipale is her husband. They were married by Rudy Giuliani in 1996. Nicole is a good friend of disgusting perverts, Ghislaine Maxwell and Tiffany Dubin (https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/n_8672/), wife of even more disgusting pervert Glenn Dubin. You can read about the Dubins in my D-F thread.
Mills, Cheryl: Lawyer who defended Bill Clinton during his impeachment trial. She served as deputy White House Counsel for Clinton, Senior Adviser and Counsel for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and Counselor and Chief of Staff during Hillary’s tenure as Secretary of State. Mills had a key role in Hillary’s email scandal and in Haiti, where the Clintons are heavily involved (https://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/17/us/hillary-clinton-cheryl-mills.html).
Minot, Carie & Bell, George: Caroline is a jewelry designer. George has been responsible for several Silicon Valley startup companies. Before that, he was a senior editor of Outdoor Life magazine and has won Emmys for directing and writing conservation documentaries. He also founded Outdoor Life Network (now NBC Sports).
Minot, Susan: Novelist, screenwriter, playwright, and poet. Sister of Caroline (above).
Mischer, Kevin: Big-time movie producer and former Hollywood executive.
Modafferi, Daniela: No info found.
Moncada Cico: No info found.
Monckton, Rosa: Former President of Tiffany & Co. jewelry company. Daughter of a Viscount. Princess Diana was Monckton’s best friend and the Godmother of one of her children. Rosa also serves as a fundraiser for and on the board of several charities, most of which focus on children. Monckton is a patron for Downside Up, a charity for children with Down Syndrome, with actor Ralph Fiennes, who is also in Epstein’s contacts (http://downsideupcharity.org/node/64). She also raises money for KIDS charity out of London where Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s contacts) is a patron, along with Elton John, David Cameron, David Furnish, Cherie Booth, and Channel 4 News presenter Cathy Newman (https://www.kids.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/patrons). Epstein once offered Monckton to bring her daughter, who has Down Syndrome, to his house in Palm Beach (https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2003/03/jeffrey-epstein-200303?currentPage=1).
Money Kryle, Mr Charlie & Kit: Charlie is a real estate specialist.
Montemayor, Cesar: Founder and President of InverCap, a large investment firm.
Monti Riccardo: Managing Director and Senior Partner at BCG (Milan), one of the largest management consulting firms in the world.
Moore Deborah: Likely the actress and daughter of Roger Moore of James Bond fame.
Moore, Juliet & Chris: Juliet is in publishing. Chris is an investment banker who worked at Bear Stearns in the ‘80s. He is now President of CSM Capital.
Moore, Mr Goeffrey: Roger Moore’s son.
Morris Stephen: Financial advisor.
Morris, Nick & Lucy: Not enough info.
Mortimer, Gigi & Averell: Gigi is a beauty entrepreneur who is very good friends with Ghislaine. Averell is Founder and CEO of Arden Asset Management. Averell’s mother was a descendant of the insanely wealthy and powerful Harriman family.
Morton, Peter: Co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe.
Morton, Robert: Former producer of Letterman’s ‘Late Show.’
Mruvka Alan: Founder and former CEO of E! Entertainment Television.
Munro, Donald: Investment banker.
Murdoch, Rupert: Billionaire media mogul who owns more media outlets than God. Known for paying millions to female employees in order to cover up sexual abuse and harassment at Fox News. It’s pointless to name his connections. He knows almost everyone of importance.
Murray Phillipson Kate: A very good friend of Ghislaine’s from their Oxford days. Granddaughter of Hylton Murray-Philipson, a Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of Parliament. Kate is Now an interior painter (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8466853/What-girls-frolicked-Bullingdon-boys-Oxfords-brightest-young-women-rose-top.html).
Murray Phillipson, Mr & Mrs: Likely Kate’s brother, Hylton, a landowner and banker who Prince Charles referred to as one of his heroes. Just recently got some publicity for nearly dying from COVID 19.
Murray Threipland, Tercious/Claire: Owner of Dunbeath Castle. Claire left her first husband, Henry Herbert, The 17th Earl of Pembroke, to be with Tertius in 1981. Claire’s daughter, Emma, was a bridesmaid at the first marriage of Camila Parker Bowles (now Prince Charles’s wife).
Murray, Jean Pierre: Founder of Surf Channel and co-founder of TransCash, a prepaid Visa debit card firm.
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2020.07.19 17:24 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER r/NFL Offseason Review — 2020 NY Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Free Agent
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2 year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season, and he remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, and he remains a free agent. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1 year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2 year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1 year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played single-high safety, box safety, and a key special teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet, Austin, and Canady. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
Brian Poole DB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1 year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be well-worth the $6.5 MM deal to start on the outside. Grade: B
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3 year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3 year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the bets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: B
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1 year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former second-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained DB Brian Poole to man the slot on a 1 year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis California
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville T Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and Ceedee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies the norm with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and run-blocking toughness. Mims should slot in as a starting outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted California FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played single-high safety, box safety, and even slot cornerback at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and with some interior versatility, and he could maybe project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips, but it's really hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback when Le'Veon Bell was already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' fourth-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental quarterback potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte T Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets went corner in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man coverage schemes probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already on the roster, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their sixth-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage who will attempt to make the team as a redzone threat. Alabama DB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a subpackage linebacker, a nickel corner, a box safety, and even a high safety, so he'll vie to make the team as a versatile depth defensive back and as a special-teams ace.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with RT La'El Collins and WR Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade pieces. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All-Pro CB Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

QB: Sam Darnold
RB: Le’Veon Bell (and Frank Gore)
WR: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims
SWR: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon (and Ryan Griffin)
LT: Mekhi Becton
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Brian Winters
RT: George Fant
EDGE: Jordan Jenkins, Tarell Basham
DT: Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams (and Steve McLendon)
ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson (and Patrick Onwuasor)
CB: Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet
NCB: Brian Poole
SS: Jamal Adams
FS: Marcus Maye
K: Sam Ficken
P: Braden Mann
LS: Thomas Hennessy
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers across Robby Anderson with drop issues and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who said he won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a fourth-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could force competition from fourth-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the last two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle but certainly has the athletic ability to outperform Chuma Edoga from last year.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This might be surprising to the non-Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over, and pressure from the defensive line probably won't come easily for Gang Green. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before coming back down to Earth in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston, Javelin Guidry, Shyheim Carter, and 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his field goals last season, to compete with Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his field goals last season. At punter, the Jets have rookie P Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs presumably up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stephon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Brandon Aiyuk, Javon Kinlaw, and Trent Williams should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and it would be difficult to envision the Jets defeating them. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, it's hard to imagine the Jets defeating the Broncos in 2020. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line, and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense, and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s a bit hard to envision the Jets going on the road to the West Coast and beating an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a good chance to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rushers to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a huge jump in their level of competition.
 

Training Camp Battles to Watch

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally have been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience and struggles with pass-pro footwork. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year as a rookie that he needed extensive help from tight ends to prevent the right side from entirely becoming a liability.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and his defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off of waivers in 2018, is probably the odds-on favorite to start once again after notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. The wildcard in this battle is John Franklin-Myers, who was claimed by the Jets off of waivers from the Rams at the start of 2019 but who also notched a pair of sacks in his rookie year and is really explosive for his size.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, the penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury and utilization in different fronts and roles. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie fifth-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former sixth-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone blocking, short passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he certainly favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.15 18:02 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters J-L of Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters J-L of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
J-L
Jackson, Michael (Samuel Gen): Yes, this is a reference to MJ the singer. However, the numbers listed are not MJ’s. They belong to Samuel Gen, a lawyer for a financial advisor (Jerry Seinfeld’s brother-in-law) who worked for MJ for a while. This one was a reach for Epstein.
Jacobson, Julian: Likely a reference to a Managing Director at several London-based investment firms.
Jagger, Mick: World-famous lead singer of the Rolling Stones. Has been seen in photographs with Ghislaine Maxwell. Actress Rae Dawn Chong claims she slept with Jagger when she was 15 years old.
Jagger, Hatti: Former fashion director for Vogue, Harper’s, and Tatler. Also works as a celebrity stylist and at fashion shows.
jake: Not enough info.
Jameel, Mohammed: Saudi Arabian businessman. CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, a collective of family-owned businesses that specialize in transportation, investing, and real estate. Royal pervert Prince Andrew infamously partied on Jameel’s yacht during the 2011 London riots (source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-andrew-frolicks-on-yacht-with-mystery-147496).
James, Susie: Founder and owner of 123 Send Ltd, a company that provides payment terminals.
Janklow, Linda: Literary agent and wife of Mort Janklow, the primary owner of Janklow & Nesbit Associates, the largest literary agency in the world. Attended a party hosted by Sony Pictures with Epstein, although they are not pictured together (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?event=5b3ef4fb9f92906676446c21). In 2007, Ghislaine Maxwell threw an exclusive party (80 carefully selected guests) at her NYC townhouse to celebrate the opening of a new shop by designer Allegra Hicks (granddaughter-in-law of Earl Mountbatten, who you can read more about in my G-I Epstein thread under India Hicks’s name). One of the eighty guests was Julie Landlow, daughter of Linda and Mort.
Jarecki, Nancy & Andrew: Andrew is a filmmaker, co-founder of Moviefone, and was a producer on Catfish, the documentary that launched the popular MTV show. Andrew’s family was reportedly friends with Jeffrey Epstein. There is an EXCELLENT thread on the connections between the Jarecki family (especially Andrew and Nick’s father, Henry) and Epstein here (source: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1200044576947556352.html). Quick summary: Henry was born in Nazi Germany; flew on the Lolita Express; is an expert in psychotropic drugs; owns two islands in the British Virgin Islands; founded the first youth center in the British Virgin Islands; lived 2 miles from Epstein in NYC; owns and donates to many sketchy foundations, schools, and organizations; has donated at least $1 million to leftist organizations). Andrew’s wife Nancy created bettybeauty, a company that specializes in hair dye for your nether regions (not kidding).
Jarecki, Nick: The movie director brother of Andrew and son of Henry Jarecki (see link under Andrew & Nancy Jarecki for more info). Reportedly dated Courtney Love (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’) in 2015. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at a Gucci party (source: https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-nick-jarecki-attend-gucci-hosts-a-news-photo/591605562).
Jason (canada): Not enough info. Could be artist Jason Wasserman based out of Canada. The second number listed traces back to Station 16 Gallery in Montreal.
Javier: Javier Banon is former Co-head of Merchant Banking at Lehman Brothers and current Founding Partner of Trilantic Europe.
Jeffries, Tim: Ownedirector of Hamiltons Gallery in London. Best known for dating models Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Kylie Minogue and Sophie Dahl (also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’). Jefferies has attended fundraisers for ARK Academy and the NSPCC. He truly cares about children.
Johnson, Richard & Nadine: Nadine is a millionaire public relations guru. Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell’s. Some clients of Nadine Johnson include spirit cooking extraordinaire Marina Abramovic and hotelier Andre Balazs, good friend of Ghislaine. Richard is one of the most well-known gossip columnists and was the editor of Page Six for twenty-five years. There is a great thread detailing the Johnsons’ ties to the Clintons, Balazs, and others here (source: https://threader.app/thread/1162148078981394432). Basically, Richard Johnson is friendly with the Clintons and, as Page Six Editor, purposely did not report or downplayed stories on the Clintons and Nadine’s clients. He also took bribes. Considering Nadine is a good friend of Ghislaine, it would not be a stretch to assume that Richard could have buried stories on Maxwell and Epstein. I could spend 10 pages on the shady connections these two have.
Johnson, Lucy: Not enough info.
Jones, Ann & Mick: Mick is the guitarist of Foreigner, an immensely popular rock band in the ‘70s and ‘80s. His wife, Ann, is a jewelry designer, and friend of Ghislaine. Ann Jones was photographed at a party with Ghislaine and Donald Trump in 1997 (source: https://www.the-sun.com/news/85818/epstein-madam-ghislaine-maxwell-milked-billionaire-dad-and-threw-lavish-parties-with-beautiful-women/)
Josephson, Barry & Jackie: Barry is a producer and the former President of Production for Columbia Pictures. Jackie is his ex-wife and also a producer.
Karella, Kalliope: Wife of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg. Kalliope is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Kastner, Ron: No info found.
Katz, Anton & Robin Plant: Anton is CEO and co-founder of Talos Trading, which specializes in cryptocurrency. Anton and Robin are friends of and have been photographed with Ghislaine (source: https://www.patrickmcmullan.com/search/?person=5b3ef50c9f929066764df255).
Katzeneilenbogen, Mark: Long-time investment banker who used to be based out of South Africa.
Keeling, Sarah: There is a Sarah Keeling in London who is a former British government official with 20 years of experience in national security and intelligence experience, however, the phone number listed has a 410 area code, which leads back to eastern Maryland. Inconclusive.
Kegan, Rory: A nightclub designer and creator. Co-founder of the exclusive, celebrity-filled London nightclub, Chinawhite. Prince Andrew (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9818190/prince-andrew-pictures-cast-doubt-epstein-sex-slave/) and Prince Albert of Monaco are regulars. Chelsea Clinton has been there, as well (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/bright-night-for-china-white-6299739.html). Other patrons include: Prince Andrew, Kate Middleton, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, and more.
Keidan, Amanda: Owner of Keidan Jewelry.
Keidan, Jon: An entertainment executive-turned-venture capitalist. As an entertainment exec, Keidan worked with John Legend, Dave Matthews Band, and Nappy Roots. Keidan serves on the Council of Foreign Relations, a powerful group that some believe determines foreign policy. Former and current members include former presidents, current and former politicians, business magnates, and celebrities (https://www.cfr.org/membership/roster).
Keller, Georgie: Interior designer.
Kellette Frayse, Caroline: Fashion editor at Vogue and Tatler (both magazines constantly come up in Epstein’s contacts). Former girlfriend of Imran Khan, whose name has come up frequently. Passed away in 2014. Her husband, Jean-Marc Fraysse, is a French investment banker.
Kelmenson, Leo-Arthur & Gayl: Leo was an advertising and marketing guru who has been credited with saving Chrysler. Friend and advisor to Lee Iacocca, former President of Chrysler. He worked as Special Project Officer for the U.S. Department of State under President John F. Kennedy and AG Robert F. Kennedy. He had tons of connections. His former maid accused him of sexual harassment in 2010 (source: https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/maid-harassment-suit-claims-ad-exec-leo-arthur-kelmenson-madman-pervy-mad-men-wannabe-article-1.156915). Kelmenson died less than two months after the story came out.
Kennedy Cuomo, Andrew & Kerry: Andrew is the current governor of New York. It’s no secret that Cuomo is willing to look the other way on sexual deviancy as long as he receives a payoff. Cuomo halted a probe into the handling of Harvey Weinstein’s case in New York after receiving $25,000 from Weinstein’s law firm (source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bjbqg4/andrew-cuomo-received-dollar25000-donation-from-harvey-weinsteins-law-firm). Andrew’s brother, CNN Host Chris Cuomo famously told viewers “not to get caught up in the intrigue of who Epstein’s friends are” (source: https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2019/07/11/cnn_cuomo_lets_not_get_caught_up_in_the_intrigue_of_who_was_friends_with_jeffrey_epstein.html). Perhaps, he was covering for his brother. Kerry Kennedy is Cuomo’s ex-wife of fifteen years, the daughter of RFK, and a close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Supposedly, Kennedy provided Ghislaine with informal illegal advice (source: https://www.splicetoday.com/politics-and-media/the-nth-word-and-m-theory).
Kennedy Jr. Ted: Son of Ted Kennedy and nephew of JFK and RFK. Ted Jr. dabbled in politics and currently works as a lawyer. His father, Ted, was a notorious sexual abuser (allegedly).
Kennedy, Bobby & Mary: Bobby is the son of RFK and nephew of JFK. Bobby is a known drug abuser and philanderer. Bobby kept a sex journal detailing his conquests while he was married (source: https://nypost.com/2013/09/08/rfk-jr-s-sex-diary-of-adultery/). His ex-wife, Mary, committed “suicide” two years after their divorce. Before committing suicide, Mary told a friend that she “feared for her life” and Bobby told her that she “would be better off dead” (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3231043/How-serial-cheater-Bobby-Kennedy-Jr-strutted-family-home-exposing-private-parts-demanded-m-nage-trois-wife-Mary-went-public-Cheryl-Hines-telling-Mary-things-easier-killed-herself.html).
Kennedy, Ethel: Widow of RFK Sr. and mother of eleven, including Bobby Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, and Joseph Kennedy II.
Kennedy, Jo: Joseph Kennedy II is the son of RFK Sr. and Ethel. Served in the House of Representatives from 1987-1999. In 1973, Joseph was convicted of negligent driving after paralyzing a young woman. He was fined $100.
Kennedy, Senator Edward: Brother of JFK and RFK, Ted Kennedy served as U.S. Senator of Massachusetts for 47 years. Besides politics, Ted is best known for the Chappaquiddick incident in which a young female speechwriter for RFK drowned to death when he lost control of his vehicle while driving across a bridge. He was charged with leaving the scene of an incident and given a two month suspended sentence. Ted was also notorious for his extramarital affairs. Senator Kennedy once hosted a party at his house attended by Bill Clinton and Lynn Forester de Rothschild. Rothschild wrote a letter to Clinton afterwards in which she mentions that they spoke about Epstein (source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7283825/Jeffrey-Epstein-injured-jail-cell-following-possible-suicide-assault.html). It is unclear what was said or what Rothschild’s connection could possibly be.
Kersner, Sol: South African accountant and hotel and casino magnate who died of cancer in 2020. Kerzner was a close friend of Donald Trump. They even worked together to create The Palm, a man-made island off the coast of Dubai (source: https://www.ft.com/content/46393280-d9f9-11da-b7de-0000779e2340). Kerzner was also close friends with Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/sarah-ferguson-the-duchess-of-york-sol-kerzner-chairman-and-news-photo/83768272), Naomi Campbell (https://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/naomi-campbell-and-sol-kerzner-pose-backstage-during-the-news-photo/82869744), and Bill Clinton (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8144647/As-Sol-Kerzner-dies-aged-84-RICHARD-KAY-looks-riotously-louche-life.html). Kerzner was very good friends with Nelson Mandela and built his casino resorts with Gerard Inzerillo, who you can read about in my G-I ‘Black Book’ thread.
Khayat, Antoine, Jana, & George: Jana is an heiress and businesswoman. Jana is the niece of Galen Weston, a close friend of Prince Charles. George is her brother and CEO of Associated British Foods. Jana’s husband, Antoine, is a former banker and currently runs their vineyard.
Kidd, Jemma: Kidd is a British makeup artist, fashion model, and aristocrat. Married to Arthur Wellesley, Earl of Mornington, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington, making her a Countess. Kidd is an interesting figure with elite connections. From 2005-2012, Ghislaine Maxwell served as Director of Jemma Kidd Make-Up Limited, a U.K. makeup company, which was founded by Kidd. Not only did Ghislaine serve as Director, but she was also a shareholder, along with the Rothschild family (source: https://nationalpost.com/news/world/in-hiding-for-years-epstein-accomplice-ghislaine-maxwell-spotted-in-l-a-burger-shop). If you click around the PDFs on this website (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05340072/filing-history), you can see everything. The 16 JUN 2006 PDF on page 3 shows you a list of Officers and shareholders of the company. Jemma Kidd has also attended charity events for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-beckham-nspcc-party-jemma-kidd-106882170.html). Her sister, Jodie, is also a huge supportefundraiser of the NSPCC, as well as the Help a London Child and Monsoon Accessorize Trust charities, both of which help out disadvantaged children (source: https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/jodie-kidd).
King, Abby: No info found.
Kirwin Taylor, Charlie & Helen: Charles is an investment banker. He was former CEO of Credit Suisse in Switzerland, an investment firm which shows up a few times through Epstein’s contacts. His wife, Helen, is a journalist.
Kirwin Taylor, Peter: British financier. Was a member of the Pilgrims Society (https://isgp-studies.com/pilgrims-society-membership-list), a group that has included the Rothschilds, Rockefellers, and other elites amongst its ranks.
Kissinger, Dr. Henry A: Former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under Nixon. Kissinger has long been accused of committing war crimes (ex: carpet bombing Cambodia, installing fascist governments in Chile and Argentina, genocide, extending our stay in Vietnam, etc) yet somehow managed to win a Nobel Peace Prize in 1973. Kissinger once said, “Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.” Kissinger served with Epstein on the Trilateral Commission. Kissinger has also been a member of the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, and Bohemian Grove. Long thought to be an advocate for a globalist New World Order, Kissinger is a scumbag of the highest order. His connections with Gates, the Clintons, Bush Sr. and Jr., the Rockefellers, and the Rothschilds are well-documented. If anyone here has ever done any research regarding the NWO, you have undoubtedly seen Kissinger’s name several times.
Klee, Rupert & Charlotte de: Rupert is a Director with Oakridge Group, a property development and investment company. His wife, Charlotte, is the producer of the religious plays at Wintershall.
Klesch, Johnathan: Former Director of Klesch Trading, which specializes in industrial commodities. It has offices in Russia, Malta, Surrey, and in London, down the block from Buckingham Palace.
Koch, David: Co-founder of Koch Industries, a diversified manufacturing conglomerate. Koch Industries has stolen oil from Indian reservations, committed hundreds of polluting, labor, and workplace safety violations. When he ran on the Libertarian ticket as the vice presidential nominee in 1980, Koch aimed to abolish Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare benefits, and minimum wage. Koch and Epstein were friends. Epstein even attended a party at Koch’s Southampton home (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7270735/Jeffrey-Epstein-Trumps-closest-advisers-Wilbur-Ross-Rudy-Giuliani-Steve-Mnunchin.html). Koch has also been photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell (https://www.reddit.com/KochWatch/comments/dcjth3/david_koch_ghislaine_maxwell_getty_images/). Thankfully, Koch died last year.
Kohl, Astrid: A businesswoman involved in pharmaceuticals. Married to Prince Alexander of Liechtenstein. Daughter-in-law of Prince Philipp of Liechtenstein. Niece of former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl.
Kotic, Boby: CEO of Activision Blizzard, a video game holding company. Used to run several electronic companies. From 2003-2008, he was a director at Yahoo! In 2012, he became a non-executive director of Coca-Cola.
Kotze, Alex Von: British businessman involved in the tech industry.
Kravetz, Anna: Not much info found. Has a degree in finance from Wharton School and used to live on Park Avenue in NYC.
Krooth, Caryn: A successful real estate agent based out of Los Angeles
Kudrow, Alistar: No info found.
Lal, Dalamal: Director of Akron Corp. & Akron (Nig.) Ltd., a food and beverage import company based out of Nigeria.
Lalaunis, Demetra: Daughter of Ilias Lalaounis, a pioneer in Greek jewelry and a world renowned goldsmith.
Lambert, Christopher: Well-known actor.
Lambert, David: Former partner, managing director, and VP at Goldman Sachs.
Lambert, Edward: Lampert is a billionaire hedge fund manager and former CEO of Sears. Lampert graduated from Yale University in 1984 where he was a member of Skull and Bones. Rumored pedophile David Geffen gave Lampert $200 million to invest in 1992, when Lampert was just 29 years old. Lampert made Geffen $1 billion.
Lambos Duff & John: Karen “Duff” Duffy is an actress, model, and TV personality. She has had memorable roles as the love interest in “Blank Check” and as JP Shay in “Dumb and Dumber.” Duffy has battled with sarcoidosis, a deadly central nervous system disease, since the mid-’90s. She credits Harvey Weinstein with saving her life (https://nypost.com/2000/10/03/coping-with-class-this-model-patient-suffers-in-style/). John is a former banker with Morgan Stanley and current President of GCA-US, an investment banking company.
Lang, Caroline: An art expert and Chairman at Sotheby’s Switzerland.
Lange, Dieter: Former Partner at WilliamHare, an international law firm with offices in London, Berlin, the U.S., Beijing, and Brussels. Passed away in 2010.
Larsen Janet: The only one I can find is a Business Psychologist based out of London.
Laurie, Jonathan: Founder and CEO of Cheyne Capital Management, an alternate investment fund firm.
Lavlada, Laura D.B. de: Laura Diez Barroso is a Mexican businesswoman. She sold her stock in Televisa for $726 million in 1993. Since then, she has been the head of several other companies.
Lawford Christopher & Jean: Christopher was an actor and relative of the Kennedys. His uncles were JFK, RFK, and Ted Kennedy. Many of his relatives appear in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’. His first wife, Jeannie, was an ad-sales associate for New York Magazine.
Lawton Paul: Two British businessmen with the same name come up. Both have extensive resumes. Could be either one.
Lazar, Christopher & Marie: Christophe seems to be a realtor in Paris, but I am not completely sure.
Le Bon, Simon & Jasmine: Simon is the lead singer of Duran Duran. His wife, Yasmin, is/was a fashion model. Yasmin is represented by Models1 in London. Models1 also represents Epstein and Ghislaine’s friend, Naomi Campbell. Le Bon has been accused of sexual assault in the past (https://www.freep.com/story/news/2018/07/12/simon-le-bons-accuser-sex-assault-claim-speaks-out-awful/777106002/).
Le Fur, Jean-Yves: French businessman and magazine creator. He was once Princess Stephanie of Monaco’s ex-fiance. More notably, Le Fur was the one who discovered supermodel Karen Mulder (his girlfriend at the time) on the floor after she attempted suciide. Mulder blew the lid off the rampant rape and sexual abuse that she and her modeling colleagues had suffered at the hands of businessmen, royalty, celebrities, and government officials. She was even the protege of Epstein collaborator (allegedly), Jean Luc Brunel (https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article238351108.html).
Le Marg Willie: No info found.
Lea, Piers: CEO of Learning Technologies Group, a workplace digital learning company.
Leeds, Jeffrey: Co-founder and Managing Partner of Leeds Equity. One of Leeds Equity’s partner companies is Endeavor Schools, which runs private preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools in Florida and 11 other states (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-endeavor-schools). They are also partners with Fusion Educational Group (now Fusion Academy), which runs a chain of private secondary schools (https://www.leedsequity.com/news/articles/leeds-equity-partners-completes-investment-in-fusion-education-group). Former teacher Kris White, now the head of Fusion Academy in Palo Alto, allegedly told a student that he was in love with her and wrote her a note saying he was “obsessed” with her. (https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/07/12/teachers-named-in-presentation-high-sex-investigation-kept-working-as-bay-area-educators-for-years/). This story was just published on July 12, 2020. Hypothetically, if one wanted to procure underage children, it would certainly help if the head of the school was on board and possibly a pedophile himself. According to this former teacher at Fusion Academy, “many students struggle with learning differences, behavioral issues, and/or addictions” (https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Employee-Review-Fusion-Academy-RVW21260629.htm). In other words, the downtrodden and vulnerable. Fusion Academy refers to itself as a non-traditional school that focuses on individual students. Seems like a great opportunity. Leeds was also good friends with Epstein (https://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/) and has close ties to Colin Powell and Rudy Giuliani (https://nypost.com/2016/09/14/colin-powell-wont-vote-for-her-because-of-bill-clinton/).
Lefcourt, Jerry: Famous lawyer who defended Epstein in 2007. That same year, Epstein donated $250,000 to the Washington-based Foundation for Criminal Justice, where Lefcourt was a board member.
Lester, Dominick: Founder and owner of MortgageFlex Systems, a mortgage lending company.
Levine, Phillip: Ex-Miami Beach mayor and close friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton. He claims that he doesn’t know how Epstein got his contact information… all 13 phone numbers, including those of his driver and housekeepers (https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/ex-miami-beach-mayor-philip-levine-listed-13-times-in-jeffrey-epsteins-black-book-11242116)!
Liman, Doug: Popular Hollywood director and producer. He directed Swingers, The Bourne Identity, and a couple of Tom Cruise movies.
Lindeman-Barnet, Sloan & Roger: Sloan has been a New York Times bestseller and an on-air and print reporter for NBC, ABC, and Reuters. Sloan and Roger also sit on the board of the Spence School in New York City, a private K-12 all-girls school (https://www.spenceschool.org/2017---news-detail?pk=999120). Her husband, Roger, is the founder of beauty.com and Chairman and CEO of Shaklee, a highly successful nutrition company. Donald Trump, Melania Trump, and Ghislaine Maxwell all attended the publication party for Sloan’s book in 2008 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-anton-katz-and-robin-katz-attend-sloan-news-photo/619921016 ; https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/donald-trump-melania-trump-sloan-barnett-and-roger-barnett-news-photo/619921180).Other guests included Steve Mnuchin, Epstein and Maxwell chum Carol Mack, and a bunch of others also featured in Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (Colin Cowie, Anton and Robin Katz, and Vittorio Assaf).
Lindemann, Adam & Elizabeth: Adam is a billionaire investor and art gallery owner. Brother of Sloan (mentioned just above). Elizabeth is his ex-wife. She is often photographed with many other people mentioned in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Lindemann, George(Sr.) & Freida: Now-deceased billionaire father of Sloan and Adam. George was the CEO and Chairman of Southern Union, a pipeline company and served as Vice President of the Metropolitan Opera Association of NYC. His wife, Frayda, is the President and CEO of the Metropolitan Opera.
Lindsay, Alex & Jaclyn: Alex is a war documentary maker who rents out his loft at the address Epstein has listed (https://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/property/spheres-of-influence-72014.html).
Lindsey, Ludovic: Racecar driver.
Lindsley, Blake: Actress who was in two movies directed by Doug Liman (also in Epstein’s book) - “Swingers” and “Getting In.”
Linley, David: Princess Margaret’s son, Queen Elizabeth II’s nephew, and first cousin of Prince Charles and Prince Andrew. Linley is a furniture maker and the 2nd Earl of Snowdon. He used to be the Chairman of Christie’s auction house in the UK.
Liogos, Babis: No info found, but one of the numbers traces back to Thylan Associates, a real estate and investment firm.
Lister, Paul: Likely the director of legal services and company secretary for Associated British Foods, or it could be a conservationist. Not sure which.
Livanos, Arriette: I believe this Arietta Livanos, wife of Greek shipping magnate, Stavros Livanos. Arietta passed away in 1986.
Lo Cascio, Robert: Founder and CEO of LivePerson, a tech company that develops conversational commerce. LoCascio was photographed with Ghislaine at an after party in 2012 (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-robert-locascio-attend-osklen-spring-news-photo/1169681572).
Loeb, Alex: Alexandra is the daughter of John Loeb, former U.S. Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan and former Delegate to the United Nations. John Loeb was also a special advisor to Nelson Rockefeller. Alexandra is also a descendant of the Lehman family (Lehman Brothers). Alexandra graduated from Spence Day School for Girls (mentioned earlier under Sloan and Roger Lindemann-Barnett).
Lonsdale, Richard: British investment banker.
Lorenzoti, Eva Vivre: Founder of luxury online retailer, Vivre.com and is a TV spokesperson/personality. Good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell and a couple of Rockefellers were guests at her house for a dinner party in 2010 (https://hauteliving.com/2010/11/doris-world-eva-lorenzottis-dinner-party/105102/).
Lorimer, John & Lottie: John works as a private investor and as a realtor. His wife, Lottie, is an interior designer.
Louthan Guy J: Prolific British film producer and former boyfriend of actress Liz Hurley (also in Epstein’s book).
Love, Courtney: Famous drug addict, musician, and actress who likely killed her husband, Kurt Cobain. Courtney famously claimed that Prince Andrew showed up to her house late one night in 2000 looking for sex. She has since retracted this claim. The entries under Love’s name all say ‘Dana’ next to them. This is Courtney’s ex-boyfriend, Dana Giacchetto. Giacchetto was considered to be the “stockbroker to the stars” and was friends with JFK Jr, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, and many others. He ripped his clients off of millions. Even more telling, Giacchetto was involved in a sex abuse case against X-Men director Bryan Singer (https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/news/leonardo-dicaprios-convicted-ex-money-manager-denies-bryan-050000120.html). He died in 2016 after he partied too hard and overdosed (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dana-giacchetto-dead-stockbroker-stars-902383).
Lowell, Ivana: Guinness heiress who wrote about Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse while she worked at Miramax in her book back in 2010 (https://www.irishcentral.com/culture/entertainment/guinness-heiress-spoke-out-about-predator-harvey-weinstein-7-years-ago). She also dated Harvey’s younger brother, Bob.
Loyd Mark: No info found.
Lucas, Colin: The godfather of Boris Johnson, England’s current Prime Minister. Lucas is a British historian and university administrator. Served as Vice Chancellor of Oxford University from 1997-2004.
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2020.07.13 20:21 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters G-I in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters G-I of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
G-I
Gaetani, Gelasio: Count Gelasio Gaetani comes from one of the oldest families in Rome. The Gaetani (also known as Caetani) family has produced 3 popes, including Pope Boniface VIII. Gelasio is a wine specialist and vineyard owner who helps celebrities buy the most unique bottles of wine throughout the world.
Gaetani, Rufreido: Roffredo Gaetani was an Italian count, prince, and duke who died in a car crash in 2005. Roffredo came to the public’s attention when he dated Ivana Trump in the 1990s. Brother of Gelasio.
Gallman, Kuki: Kuki Gallmann is a best-selling author (5 of her books were global best sellers), poet, environmental activist, and conservationist. Owns a 98,000 acre cattle ranch in Kenya with her husband, which she turned into a conservation park.
Ganero, Mario Jr.: Where do we even begin? Mario Garnero is a Brazilian banker and entrepreneur who has been deemed the “father of the ethanol car” and is the chairman of the board and primary shareholder of Brasilinvest Group, a banking firm worth $700 million. Garnero’s connections run extremely deep. He is/has been personal friends with Jacob Rothschild, David Rockefeller, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, Helmut Schmidt, and many others. The following website makes some startling connections between Garnero, Epstein, and others (source: https://aeltri.com/2019/02/12/john-of-god-mario-garnero-and-epstein/). Quick summary: Record producer Damon Dash (former co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records with Jay-Z) allegedly raped a supermodel who worked for Naomi Campbell at a party thrown by Garnero (source: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/poshs-friend-sued-for-rape-6939248.html).
Garnero has been referred to as a “Rothschild pawn” who tried to help Aecio Neves rise to power. Garnero also appointed “George Soros frontman, Arminio Fraga, who worked in Soros’ Quantum Fund, as Minister of the Economy.”
Ganoza, Esteban Juan: A Peruvian businessman who said he met Maxwell in the 1980s when he lived in New York, but denied any ties to pedophilia when his contact information was revealed to be in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Garcia, Ludmila: No info found.
Gardner. Adam: No info found.
Garland, Michael: Likely the Chairman of investment firm C5 Capital, located in London.
Garson, Jeremy: Likely refers to the lawyer who is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills who specializes in large-scale international commercial disputes. Not completely positive, though.
Gaspar, Nacho: Not sure. Could be a number of Ignazio Gaspars, all of whom are businessmen.
Gaul, Harriett: Harriett Jagger is a fashion stylist and former fashion director of Tatler, a fashion magazine owned by Conde Nast (parent company of Vogue, GQ, etc.), which has come up several times during my investigations, and Harpers. She had a daughter with property dealer Simon Gaul, the Godson of Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Geary, Tim: Served in public relations and was Director of Membership at Soho House, a restaurant and private members club. Billionaire Ron Burkle owns 60% of Soho House. Burkle, along with Bill Clinton, Chris Tucker, Kevin Spacey, travelled to Africa for an anti-poverty, anti-AIDs tour on Epstein’s Lolita Express. Nothing fishy there.
Gelardin, Jack: No info found. The address listed is located in Chelsea, London, and sold for over 5 million pounds in 2013.
German-Ribon, Catriona: Catriona Blampied (nee German-Ribon) is the Managing Partner, Founder, and Owner of talent agency Procure Worldwide & Procure Digital since 2016. Worked as Managing Director at Platinum Rye Entertainment, another talent agency, before that.
Gertler, Eric: A venture capitalist who served as Chairman of U.S. News & World Report, a media company most known for publishing news, consumer advice, and rankings ranging from education (top universities, high schools, etc.) to job professions, healthcare, and too many others to mention. In 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Gertler to serve as President and CEO of Empire State Development, New York’s chief economic agency. In Epstein’s ‘Black Book,’ Privista is listed under Gertler’s name. Privista is a company that protects against identity theft. Gertler was President and CEO.
Getty, Mark: Co-founder and Chairman of Getty Images, a photographic conglomerate. If you have ever surfed the Internet, you have seen several pictures/images belonging to Getty Images. From 2008-2016, Getty was the Chairman of the Trustees of the National Gallery in London. Grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr., founder of Getty Oil Company, and one of the richest men in the world during his time. The Getty Family has a net worth north of $5 billion as of 2015.
Getty, Pia and Chris: Pia Getty is the daughter of billionaire Robert Warren Miller, an American-born British businessman and founder of Duty Free Shops. Pia’s sisters are Princess Alexandra von Furstenberg of designer fame and Maria-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece, Princess of Denmark. Her ex-husband (1992-2005), Christopher, is Mark Getty’s first cousin. Christopher is also the grandson of Jean Paul Getty Sr. When they were married, Pia and Mark would hold A-list parties on the rooftop of their Manhattan townhouse. Their townhouse was located half a mile from Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion. Many people think that the Getty Museum in Los Angeles houses an underground base and city for the elites.
Gibbs, Emma: Former girlfriend of Prince Andrew. Gibbs was introduced to Prince Andrew by her good friend, Ghislaine Maxwell. Gibbs worked as a PR consultant.
Gibson, Caroline: Likely to be the award-winning freelance copywriter and content writer who has worked on a number of high-profile advertisements.
Gilifilan, Andrew: Managing Director of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Cambridge University Press. Retired in 2012.
Gillford, Lord & Lady: Lord Gillford is Patrick Meade, the 8th Earl of Clanwilliam. He is a businessman who is on the board of Soma Oil & Gas Holdings and Eurasia Drilling Company, where he served as Chairman. Eurasia Drilling Company is owned by Russian billionaire oligarch, Alexander Dzhaparidze and billionaire Alexander Putilov.
Gilmour, Andrew & Emma: Gilmour is a diplomat for the UN who has spoken out strongly against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Gilmour’s father, Sir Ian Gilmour, served as a minister in Margaret Thatcher’s first cabinet. Emma Gilmour (nee Williams) is a physician and author.
Ginsberg, Gary: Former Executive VP of Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, the fourth-largest media group in the world prior to splitting in 2013. Ginsberg was a close confidant of Rupert Murdoch and Peter Chernin while at News Corp. Ginsberg also served in the Clinton Administration at the White House Counsel’s Office and Department of Justice. Ginsberg has brokered meetings between Rupert Murdoch and the Clintons, as well as Obama. Ginsberg is currently on the Board of Directors of New Visions for Public Schools, which designs course curricula for students in NYC. New Visions supports many schools, impacting 230,000 students (source: https://newyorkschooltalk.org/2019/07/at-new-visions-for-public-schools-its-all-about-continuous-school-improvement-hows-that-going/). Their Networks for School Improvement Initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. New Visions also has ties to the Carnegie Foundation, which donates millions of dollars in grants (source: https://www.carnegie.org/grants/grants-database/grantee/new-visions-for-public-schools-inc/#!/grants/grants-database/grant/312395808.0/). Ginsberg is also a friend of and speechwriter for Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
Gittis, Howard: Gittis (1934-2007) was an attorney and adviser to billionaire businessman Ron Perelman. He worked at MacAndrews & Forbes, an investment firm owned by Perelman. In 1995, Perelman hosted a dinner with Bill Clinton, Jeffrey Epstein, Clinton college friend Arnold Paul Prosperi, Don Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Don Fowler, who was the co-chairman of the DNC. More on Perelman later.
Giussani, Luca: President, CEO of Dorial Telecom, Inc., a telecommunications company.
Glanville, Mary: A philanthropy consultant who spent years in TV, Glanville also worked as a PR contact for the Bonita Trust which donated £100,000 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) back in 2009 to “update its ChildLine technical infrastructure and purchase essential equipment so that more children can get help from its ChildLine service” (source: https://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/07/prweb2625274.htm). Glanville was the author of that PR statement.
Glass, Charlie: Could possibly be Charles Glass, author, publisher, and journalist that specializes in the Middle East, but I cannot confirm.
Glentworth, Edmund & Emily: Edmund Pery is the 7th Earl of Limerick and was formerly known as Viscount Glentworth. He worked in British government until becoming director of Deutsche Bank. Emily is Edmund’s wife.
Goess, Pilar: A countess and Austrian-American model who posed for Playboy. Goess died in 1999 from a brain tumor.
Goldberg, Ellen: President of Santa Fe Institute, an organization in New Mexico that hosts faculty consisting of Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and MacArthur fellows. Goldberg is also a research professor in the Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Goldberg is a member of the Biology Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation, and of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council at the National Institutes of Health. Goldberg has a Ph.D. in genetics from Cornell University Medical College.
Goldsmith, Isabel: An art collector and owner of Hotel Las Alamandas in Mexico. Goldsmith is the daughter of Sir James Goldsmith, a French-British financier, tycoon, and member of the European Parliament.
Golinkin, Sandy: Former Vice President and Publisher of Lucky, a fashion and lifestyle magazine owned by Conde Nast. Has frequently been photographed with celebrities and elite at various parties.
Gomez, Thomas: Thomas Gommes is a former international corporate lawyer.
Gomme, William & Emma: William Gomme is a former director of several furniture manufacturing companies in London. Emma is his wife.
Gordon, Jacobo: Spanish businessman who co-founded several real estate and gaming companies with Alejandro Agag. Agag is a former politician in Spain. He became Secretary General of the European People’s Party (EPP), a tremendous political faction in Europe. Agag played a huge role in getting former Italy PM Silvio Berlusconi’s party into the EPP. Berlusconi has been charged for underage prostitution in the past. Agag quit politics to pursue financial and sporting interests. He is married to the daughter of Jose Maria Aznar, the former PM of Spain and Ana Botella Serrano, the first female mayor of Madrid. Guests at Agag’s wedding included kings and queens. Berlusconi and Tony Blair served as witnesses.
Gore, Juliet: The only Juliet Gore I found is the co-director of Neuro Orthopaedic Institute out of Australia. Doesn’t feel right.
Gottlieb, Steve: A music executive who discovered Nine Inch Nails, Pitbull, Sevendust, and Ja Rule. He has served on the boards of Napster and Musicmatch. He is currently CEO of Shindig, a Zoom-like platform for people to meet each other online.
Goulandris, Dimitri: Founder of The Cycladic Group, which invests and creates businesses. Spent 8 years at Morgan Stanley in its private equity group. Goulandris is the Executive Director and a Board Member for Knightsbridge Schools, which has 3 schools (KSI Montenegro [a boarding school], KSI Bogota, and KSI Panama), all of which are primary/secondary schools for students aged 2-18.
Grabau, Lorenzo: Spent seventeen years at Goldman Sachs before becoming CEO of Investment AB Kinnevik, a Swedish investment firm. He was fired less than 3 years after taking the position.
Graff, Francois: CEO of family-owned Graff, one of the world’s most notable jewellery houses. The company is worth several billion dollars. Graff has been photographed with the likes of Wilbur Ross. In 2001, there was a party celebrating the opening of a new Graff’s store. Attendees included Ghislaine Maxwell, Ivana Trump, Joan Collins, and Denise Rich (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2001/06/05/style/IHT-laurence-graff-and-his-pockets-full-of-diamonds-the-buccaneer-of.html)
Granby, David: David Charles Robert Manners is the 11th Duke of Rutland. He also goes by the Marquess of Granby. Granby is a high-profile supporter of the UK Independence Party and has hosted fundraising events at his ancestral home, Belvoir Castle. Employed Harvey Proctor, the former Conservative Parliament member who had to resign because he had sexual relations with underage male prostitutes, as his personal secretary.
Grange, Jacques: A French interior designer for the rich. Clients include Princess Caroline of Monaco, Francis Ford Coppola, Alain Ducasse, and several billionaires, to name a few.
Grant Jamie: Likely James Grant, owner of No2 Pound Street, an award-winning wine shop that specializes in British Cheese and cured meats. He and his wife previously worked at some leading hotels and restaurants.
Greece Princess Olga: Princess Olga, Duchess of Apulia (nee Princess Olga Isabelle of Greece) married her second cousin, Prince Aimone of Savoy, Duke of Apulia, in 2008. Olga’s father is first cousins with Prince Phillip (Queen Elizabeth’s wife).
Greece, MC & Pavlos: Pavlos is the eldest son of Constantine II, the last King of Greece, before the monarchy was abolished in 1973. Worked in New York as an investment portfolio manager. MC is his wife, Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece. Her father is the billionaire founder of Duty Free Shops. Her sisters, Alexandra and Pia, married into the von Furstenberg and Getty families, respectively. A dinner party was thrown for them at the Standard Hotel in 2009. There were about 12 guests there. One of those exclusive guests was Ghislaine Maxwell (source: https://wwd.com/eye/people/royal-standard-a-fete-for-princess-marie-chantal-and-prince-pavlos-2399957/)
Green, Deborah: No info found.
Green, Jeremy: Likely the former Chief Executive of Quba Property Holdings in South Africa.
Green, Judy: A New York socialite who hobnobbed with an elite crowd. She was considered Andy Warhol’s first muse. He did her photo portrait and she starred in his first movie, The Kiss. She was reportedly close with Frank Sinatra. Edgar M. Bromfman served as Best Man at her wedding to William John Green in 1964. Bromfman is the owner of Seagram, the beverage company. His daughters, Clare and Sara, were members of NXIVM, a cult that recruited women and forced them into sexual slavery.
Gregg Geordie & Katherine: Geordie Grieg is an English journalist and editor of The Daily Mail. Grieg is good friends and has been photographed partying with Ghislaine Maxwell. He is the former editor of Tatler, a Conde Nast-owned British magazine that is targeted towards the upper class and those interested in high society events. Tatler connections come up constantly in the ‘Black Book.’
Grenfell, Natasha: Daughter of Lord St Just, heir to a banking fortune and Wilbury Park mansion. Her mother was actress and one-time Tennessee Williams love interest, Maria Britneva. Natasha is a socialite who has is friends with royalty, actors, and musicians
Griffen, Ted: This is most likely screenwriter, producer, and director Ted Griffin. He has worked on The Wolf of Wall Street, Ocean’s Eleven, and Tower Heist.
Griscom, Nina: A model, socialite, TV personality, and entrepreneur who died earlier this year. Her first husband was a modeling booker for Ford Models, which I wrote about in the D-F section of Epstein’s ‘Black Book’ (link: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/). She went on to cheat on her next husband with sugar billionaire Pepe Fanjul, who is also mentioned in the D-F link above. Was a close friend of Blaine Trump, ex-wife of Robert Trump, Donald’s younger brother.
Gross, Pamela & Jimmy Finkelstein: James Finkelstein is the owner of The Hill, an American news website often cited here in /conspiracy. He is close with Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani. Pamela Gross is his wife. She worked at CNN until 2017 and is close friends with Melania Trump.
Grossman Lloyd: Loyd Grossman is an British author and broadcaster best known for hosting Masterchef from 1990-2000, before it was reformatted. Also co-created Through the Keyhole, a British game show, with David Frost, who is also in Epstein’s ‘Black Book.’
Gubelmann, Marjorie: A socialite who is best known for hosting and performing as a DJ at high society parties. She has deejayed events for Bulgari, Versace, and others. She is currently the in-studio DJ for the Today with Hoda & Jenny show on NBC. Her ex-husband, Reza Raein works in oil. Guests at their wedding included Ivanka Trump, Tamara Mellon, Michael Kors, and Tory Burch.
Guccioni, Tony: Son of Penthouse creator Bob Guccione.
Gudefin, Christian: A financial advisor at Deutsche Bank, which as of Tuesday, July 7th, 2020, agreed to pay $150 million in fines because they ignored suspicious transactions made by Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/business/jeffrey-epstein-deutsche-bank-settlement.html?referringSource=articleShare). Gudefin is also a financial advisor at Fdx Capital LLC and Managing Partner at Confidas Capital.
Guedroltz, Solina & Nicolas: Solina is a photographer. Her father is a viscount. Nicolas is an antique Russian furniture dealer. He is a Russian prince and is of Belgian nobility through his mother’s side.
Guerini Maraldi, Alessandro: Chairman of Willis Towers Watson, a British insurance company. Guerrini-Maraldi’s name appears in the Panama Papers, which revealed the identities of many rich and powerful people who have avoided paying taxes through offshore accounts.
Guerrand-Hermes, Valesca: Socialite and ex-wife of French fashion house heir, Mathias Guerrand. Guerrand-Hermes is on the Board of Directors of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) (source: https://nyspcc.org/about-the-new-york-society-for-the-prevention-of-cruelty-to-children/people/). NYSPCC is a child protection agency. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell at the 2005 Wall Street Concert Series Benefitting Wall Street Rising at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. You can’t make this stuff up.
Guest, Cornelia: Named Debutante of the Decade of the 1980s, Cornelia is a well-known New York socialite who comes from money. Her family made money in iron and steel and have served in British politics. In December 2015, Ghislaine Maxwell attended Cornelia’s holiday party.
Guggenheim, Barbara & Bert Flelds: Guggenheim (not part of the Guggenheim museum family) is a partner at the well-known art advisory firm, Guggenheim, Asher Associates, Inc. They have built collections for Coca Cola and Sony, as well as Tom Cruise and alleged pedophile Steven Spielberg. Epstein victim Maria Farmer once worked for Barbara at her home before meeting Epstein. Farmer got the job through Barbara’s sister, Eileen, who has been accused of being an Epstein enabler. A petition (https://www.change.org/p/david-kratz-eileen-guggenheim-must-be-removed-for-harm-she-caused-to-maria-farmer-by-jeffrey-epstein?recruiter=30424804) to have her removed as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New York Academy of Art as a result of Maria Farmer’s allegations has over 10,000 signatures. Farmer says that Eileen Guggenheim forced her to sell a painting replicating Degas’s “The Rape” to Epstein. Two weeks after meeting Epstein and Maxwell, Guggenheim took Farmer and other art students to Epstein’s Zorro Ranch in New Mexico (source: https://news.artnet.com/art-world/epstein-ranch-art-students-1760265). Barbara’s husband, Bert Fields, is an entertainment lawyer who has represented the likes of Steven Spielberg, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, George Lucas, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, etc.
Guiness, Sabrina: Guinness comes from a long line of wealthy bankers. She had a relationship with Prince Charles in 1979. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh). Her sister, Anita Guinness, was married to Amschel Rothschild until his suicide in 1996.
Guinness, Mr Hugo: An artist from the same banking family as sister Sabrina (above). Guinness has collaborated with director Wes Anderson on a number of films. Cousin of Edward Guinness, 4th Earl of Iveagh, heir to the Guinness fortune. Edward Guinness’s wife, Lady Clare Iveagh (nee Hazell) plays a HUGE role in Epstein’s pedophilia ring. More on her later (she is listed under I for Iveagh).
Guissaini, Luca: Listed above under Giussani, Luca. CEO of Dorial Telecom.
Gumberg, Ira: Chairman and CEO of JJ Gumberg Co., a high-end real estate development firm based out of Pittsburgh. Gumberg served on the Board of Mellon Financial Corporation from 1989-2007.
Guttfreund, Susan & John: Susan is a former beauty queen and notorious party thrower. Her husband, John, was CEO of Salomon Brothers, the large investment bank. He was dubbed the “King of Wall Street” by Business Week in 1985. He died in 2016.
Hahn, Dr & Mrs: Likely Carl Hahn, former head of Volkswagen.
Hall, Pippa: There are two Pippa Halls that this could possibly be. One is a movie casting director who was in charge of casting children for movies (source: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0356002/). The other Pippa Hall is Director of Innovation and Chief Economist at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). There is not enough info to determine which one is in the ‘Black Book.’
Halpern Jen: A British philanthropist, PR guru, and businesswoman. Her father was knighted by Margaret Thatcher.
Hambro, Clementine: Great-granddaughter of Winston Churchill who also served as a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana when she was just five-years-old. Her father, Richard, was a British heir and investment banker. K
Hamilton, George: Famous actor who took Ghislaine Maxwell to the Epsom Derby (horse race) in 1991. Epstein has a significant amount of phone numbers listed for Hamilton.
Hammond, Dana: Socialite and heiress to the Annenberg Publishing fortune. Hammond is friends with Ghislaine Maxwell. They have been photographed together at various parties.
Handler, Sharon: International attorney who is friends with Camilla Parker-Bowles and Prince Charles. Married to John Langeloth Loeb Jr., former United States Ambassador to Denmark under Reagan.
Hanover, Ernst & chantal: Prince Ernst Hanover is the head of the royal House of Hanover. The House of Hanover has produced six British monarchs, including King George III and Queen Victoria. The current British monarchy, the Windsors, are actually of German and British descent, which is why these family trees intersect. Most notably, the House of Hanover is perhaps the most important of the Black Nobility families. There have been some fantastic threads on Reddit about the Black Nobility.
Hanson, Brook: Adopted son of British industrialist, Lord Hanson, Brook died in 2014 at the age of 50.
Hanson, Lord & Lady: British industrialist who made a fortune in the ‘80s as a Trade and Industry Secretary in close friend Margaret Thatcher’s administration. His wife, Geraldine, was a former model. They are both dead.
Hanson, The Hon Robert: British financier and eldest son of Lord Hanson. Chairman of Hanson Family Holdings, a private investment firm. In the 1980s, Robert worked as a banker at NM Rothschild & Sons before returning to his father’s company. Before getting married, Hanson dated socialite Anouska de Georgiou, who became the first British woman to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of raping her as a teenager (source: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/how-british-teen-model-was-lured-jeffrey-epstein-s-web-n1056901). Odd that Robert Hanson, his brother Brook, and his parents would have wanted anything to do with Epstein.
Hapsburg, Marie: Royalty. Her father was Archduke Joseph Arpad of Austria and her mother, Archduchess Maria of Austria, was a Princess of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg and a member of the House of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg by birth. The Hapsburg (also called Habsburg) family is one of the most powerful and wealthiest families in Europe. The Hapsburgs are another Black Nobility family of very high prestige. I couldn’t find anything out about her husband, Raymond van der Meide. They have 7 children together.
Harvey Victoria: Ex-girlfriend of Prince Andrew, Hervey is an English model and socialite. Although her relationship with Andrew didn’t work out, she remained in his inner circle. In 2000, she attended a dinner with Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, and Jeffrey Epstein (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9844083/lady-victoria-hervey-jeffrey-epstein-too-old/). Hervey is also a friend of Ghislaine Maxwell, who introduced her to Epstein and “set her up in one of Epstein’s apartments in New York.” Hervey is the daughter of Victor Hervey, 6th Marquess of Bristol, businessman and member of the House of Lords.
Harvey-Watt, Isabelle: Director of PR for Giorgio Armani before moving on to Versace and other well-known fashion corporations.
Haslam, Nick: English interior designer and socialite. His mother was the Goddaughter of Queen Victoria. Haslam claims to have had an affair with Lord Snowdon one year before he married Princess Margaret (Queen Elizabeth’s sister), further fueling rumors of Lord Snowdon’s alleged bisexuality.
Hatkoff, Craig & Jane: Hatkoff is a real estate investor, who, along with his ex-wife, Jane Rosenthal, and Robert De Niro, founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute. Hatkoff has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
Hauteville, Marc de: Manages Soc Civile du Frayssinet, a real estate company based out of France. There is very little information other than this. Both of his parents appear to be members of noble families - the Hautevilles and the Cazenoves - who have historical ties to the Du Ponts.
Hay, Henry & Patricia: Henry Hay is CEO and co-founder of Centaur Properties, a large real estate firm based out of New York. Centaur’s holdings are concentrated in the most expensive neighborhoods in Manhattan.
Hayworth Reggie: Heyworth runs the 160 acre Cotswold Wildlife Park, which attracts more than 400,000 people a year. He lives in the middle of the park at the Bradwell Grove estate. .
Hazell-Iveagh, Clare: This amazing thread made by clemanueverers contains all the info you need: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hkk5g0/one_of_epstein_madam_ghislaine_maxwells/. Quick summary: Hazell-Iveagh helped Maxwell and Epstein procure children using her position as President of West Suffolk National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). Click on the link. Clemanueverers did a wonderful job.
Hearn, Barry & Susan: Barry is a hugely popular English sports promoter, as is his son, Eddie, who represents some of the biggest boxers in the world. Former boxer and popular Youtuber Tyan Booth was supposedly banned immediately after posting a video connecting Epstein to Hearn. I have tried to find the video or at least a summary of what he said, but have been unsuccessful. If anyone has any info on this, please post below.
Hefner III, Bob: Founder and CEO of GHK Companies, which specializes in oil and natural gas. Founded the Robert and MeiLi Hefner Foundation which sponsors educational trips to China for outstanding high school students. His grandfather, Robert Hefner Sr., served as Mayor of Oklahoma City, was a Supreme Court Justice of Oklahoma, was a member of the executive council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was a thirty-second degree Freemason. Although I try not to engage in speculation, this article makes a connection between Jeffrey Epstein, Bob Hefner III, and a winning Powerball lottery ticket that was purchased in Oklahoma in 2008 (source: https://www.thelostogle.com/2019/08/14/no-jeffrey-epstein-did-not-win-25-million-from-an-oklahoma-lottery-ticket-or-did-he/#comments). It’s too long to summarize. Read it and check it out.
Heiden, Lisa: Worked in Manhattan and London as an executive for ABC. Close friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. According to the fantastic research done by this person (https://twitter.com/Agent99Mom/status/1280580456400982016), two of Lisa Heiden’s properties are listed as an address for Ellmax, a company set up by Ghislaine.
Heineken, Mr. Fredie: A Dutch businessman for the Heineken brewing company. Was chairman and CEO from 1971-1989.
Helen and Tim Shifter: Helen is a former Vogue Magazine staffer. Tim is former CEO of LeSportsac and serves as Senior Advisor at Blackstone Group, a private equity firm. The Schifters are personal friends of Ghislaine Maxwell.
Helvin, Marie: Former fashion model and former girlfriend of Imran Khan, the current Prime Minister of Pakistan. According to her memoir, she knows pretty much any popular celebrity from the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Herbert, Jason: Likely a financial adviser based in London.
Hermes, Olga & Olaf: Olaf is a handbag heir. Olga is his ex-wife.
Herrero, Juan & Helen: Juan is like the managing director of an investment bank in Spain.
Hersov, Robert & Kim: Robert is a South African entrepreneur and mining heir who has worked for Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and News Corp. (owned by Murdoch).. Ex-wife Kim is a London-based fashion editor and designer.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Baron Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21.
Heseltine, Mr & Mrs: Same as above.
Heseltine, Ms. Annabel: Journalist, columnist, and TV and radio broadcaster. At the age of 22, she became the Assistant-editor for Hong Kong Tatler (there’s that publication again). Daughter of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Heseltine, Rupert: Businessman and heir to Haymarket Media Group. Son of Baron Michael Heseltine.
Hicks, India: A fashion model in the ‘80s and ‘90s, India Hicks is a good friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Descendant of the Mountbatten family, a British dynasty (although much of their background is German). Granddaughter of the much-decorated war hero, Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys” (source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9745399/lord-mountbatten-fbi-dossier-prince-charles/). Prince Charles is her second cousin and Godfather.
Hill, Anthony: Son of Robin Hall, 8th Marquess of Downshire and Juliet Weld-Forester, daughter of 7th Baron Forester. Couldn’t find any more info.
Himmelstein, Howard: Co-owner of clothing brand Camp Beverly Hill and a producescreenwriter.
Hirsch, Jeff: Owner of Foto Care, a shop that sells professional camera equipment. Claims he is only in the ‘Black Book’ because he sold an expensive camera to Ghislaine many years ago and had to go to her house to show her how to use it (source: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article234312632.html). This, however, doesn’t explain why there are two numbers listed under Hirsch’s name that are attributed to Scott Geffert, the General Manager for Advanced Imaging at the MET museum. This could all be innocent or these two could have assisted in Epstein’s hidden camera setup and helped Epstein get high quality pictures of his victims. We can’t be sure.
Hissom, Robert & Andrea: Robert is the founder of Aspen Capital Partners, a large property management firm. He is a friend of Prince Charles. His ex-wife, Andrea, famously got remarried to Steve Wynn, billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Andrea and Wynn are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20120901/281904475353844).
Hoffman, Dustin: Famous Hollywood actor. Hoffman has been accused of sexual assault on multiple occasions, including exposing himself to a minor (source: https://variety.com/2017/biz/news/dustin-hoffman-2-1202641525/)
Hoffman, Hetty: Married to Robin Dundas, Earl of Ronaldshay. Lady Ronaldshay is a patron and ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, a UK-based charity that provides care for terminally ill babies and children up to five years old. A good friend of Ben Holland-Martin (listed just below).
Hoffman, Jessica: Sister of Hetty Hoffman (above), Jessica is an artist and former model who married investment banker Leopoldo Zambeletti. She is a good friend of India Hicks (mentioned above), the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten (Prince Charles’s mentor), who, according to FBI files, was “a homosexual with a perversion for young boys.”
Holland-Martin, Ben: Works for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). His mother, Rosamund, was chairman of the NSPCC for 20 years while Princess Margaret was President and was involved with the NSPCC for more than 50 years (source: https://www.newspapers.com/image/?clipping_id=36141343&fcfToken=eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJmcmVlLXZpZXctaWQiOjI1OTU4NDE2NSwiaWF0IjoxNTk0MzMwNTQ0LCJleHAiOjE1OTQ0MTY5NDR9.j1V2e0Mr3tJmPzusRYNneLVhUskWiIAvNIjdIpvuzj4). Both Ben and his mother are/were friends of Princess Margaret. Rosamund Holland-Martin (nee Hornby) was related to Charles Hornby, a British socialite and close friend of Prince Charles, who was sentenced to 2 ½ years for luring young runaway boys into prostitution, indecent assault, importuning, and living off the earnings of prostitution (source: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=0FQ0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=YbkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4638,2085303). Ben is also good friends with Hetty Hoffman (mentioned above), who is an ambassador for Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice.
Hollond Mr & Mrs James: James is a partner at EFP Capital, an investment and advisory firm. James’s mother married Baron Robert Rothschild after her and James’s father divorced. His now ex-wife, Beatrice, is on many investing firm boards, but most notably, she is a trustee on the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, a charity that specializes in helping disadvantaged children (source: https://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/beatrice-hollond). If anyone has more info on these two, please post. Epstein has 10 pieces of contact information under their name.
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2020.07.13 17:09 rangfangfoobychops 7 Round Quiz for all to enjoy

This is the fourth quiz I have made and one of my favourites. The questions do tend to have a relatively heavy UK bias but there are many that work globally. First are the 7 rounds and then it's the questions and answers together right at the bottom. Feel free to use this quiz! Enjoy!

Round 1 - Sidekicks and companions
In this round I will name a character and you tell me who their sidekick or companion is.

1) Snoopy (seen with most often)
2) Chuck Nolan (CLUE: An employee of FedEx)
3) Inspector Jacques Clouseau
4) Frodo Baggins
5) The First companion of the 2005 Doctor Who reboot
6) Rocket Raccoon
7) Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
8) Captain Hook
9) The Lone Ranger
10) Mulan (1998 Disney Classic)

Round 2 - Elephant or Castle
In this round I will give you a name and you simply say if it's an elephant, or a castle! Easy.

1) Watermouth
2) Surus
3) Abul-Abbas
4) Tomen
5) Berilia
6) Kandula
7) Bipp
8) Bam
9) Hanno
10) Rufus

Round 3 - Mascots

1) Chester. One cool cat without a care in the world
2) Mr Peanut. Sacrificed himself, at age 104, in a fiery explosion #Roasted
3) Fido Dido. A black and white sports enthusiast with his own face on his t shirt.
4) Rich Uncle Pennybags. Spends a lot of time with Officer Mallory and Jake
5) Cornelius Rooster.
6) Julio P. An unstoppable and smartly-dressed mustachioed mascot.
7) Vinnie. The brand's "Number one fan" that once held an eBay auction to quickly
unload some of his goods, no questions asked. Included were paintings of dubious
authenticity, and used shovels, baseball bats, and crowbars.
8) Aleksandr Orlov. According to his website his skills include Business entrepreneurism,
Hallway Archery and 'fluent speak of English language'
9) Flat Eric. Enjoys the beat of electronic music. Has little use for the brand he represents
10) Tony Jr. Replaced his father in the family business in 1975 and is as sporty as ever.

Round 4 - Connection
In this round all the answers are connected in some way.

1) Who gained worldwide recognition for his role as Chandler Bing in the TV Sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S?
2) B.A. Baracus was portrayed by Lawrence Tureaud, by which name is Lawrence better known?
3) Which former American Football star was tried for killing his former wife and her friend?
4) Which actor played a talkative shower-curtain ring salesman in Planes, Trains and Automobiles?
5) In 2019 Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel appeared on the big screen, which actress took on the role?
6) Most recently credited for playing Eddard Stark in Game of thrones, this actor has announced that
he will henceforth reject roles in which his character dies after amassing 23 on-screen deaths.
7) Which dance icon appeared in at least ten films and 33 partnered dances with Fred Astaire?
8) Who is the proprietor of the hotel in the 1970's British sitcom of the same name?
9) Which knighted British actor convinced director George Lucas to kill off his character in the
original 1977 Star Wars because he was fed up with the role and thought of the film as "Fairy tale rubbish"?
10) What is the connection between the previous 9 answers?

Round 5 - Money

1) Which country produces the 1 Tiyin coin, a record holding lowest value coin worth about 0.0000008 pence
2) What is the oldest currency still in use today?
3) When Charles becomes king of England, which direction will his likeness face on the new coins?
4) In what year were the London Olympic 50 Pence pieces released into circulation?
5) True or False: The Bank of England prints £1m and £100m notes
6) If you had one of each type of denomination in circulation, how much money will you have? (1p+2p etc. This includes banknotes)
7) How many sides on a 50p coin?
8) True or False: Two 1p coins weigh the same as a 2p coin. and two 5p coins weigh the same as one 10p coin
9) Using 10p,5p,2p and 1p coins how many ways are there of getting 10p?
10) Which of the following is NOT a slang term for GBP money: Cabbage. Honk. Ducats. Spuds or Lolly?

Round 6 - Super useless
In this round I will say the name of a character and their "superpower" and it's up to you to say whether they have appeared in a comic or if they were made up for this quiz!

1) Gin Genie. Has the ability to create seismic waves relative to the level of alcohol in her blood
2) Hindsight Lad. Invented himself to weasel into a group of heroes. He mostly criticises people's mistakes.
3) Brick Herman. Strongly believes he has the ability to turn himself into a brick. Once. Forever.
4) Arm-Fall-Off Boy. Has the ability to detach his limbs and use them as melee weapons
5) Dogwelder. A man in a welder's mask who welds dead canines to evildoers
6) Colour Kid. Has the ability to change the colour of an object at will
7) Matter-Eater Lad. Has the ability to eat all forms of matter
8) Twig. Has the ability to turn himself into a tree for a short time
9) Slow Moe. Has the ability to slow himself down significantly
10) Eye Scream. Has the ability to transform himself into any flavour of ice cream

Round 7 - General Knowledge

1) Who was the first Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10 for her routine?
2) Name one of the three species of bird that produce milk to feed their young
3) Who is generally considered responsible for email spam being named as it is?
4) What is the most common road name in the UK?
5) How many bridges cross the River Amazon?
6) Which colour pill does Neo swallow in The Matrix?
7) In the UK, How old do you have to be to have a shotgun license?
8) Gouda is a popular cheese originating in which country?
9) What do the French call the English Channel?
10) How many keys are there on a piano?



ANSWERS



Round 1 - Sidekicks and companions

Q1) Snoopy (seen with most often)
A1) Woodstock (Not Charlie Brown)
Q2) Chuck Nolan (CLUE: An employee of FedEx)
A2) Wilson (From Castaway)
Q3) Inspector Jacques Clouseau
A3) Cato Fong
Q4) Frodo Baggins
A4) Samwise Gamgee
Q5) The First companion of the 2005 Doctor Who reboot
A5) Rose Tyler (The actress is Billie Piper, it's up to you if you want to give a point for her name instead)
Q6) Rocket Raccoon
A6) Groot
Q7) Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
A7) Flounder
Q8) Captain Hook
A8) Smee
Q9) The Lone Ranger
A9) Tonto
Q10) Mulan (1998 Disney Classic)
A10) Mushu

Round 2 - Elephant or Castle

Q1) Watermouth
A1) Castle - Neo-Romantic Castle from 1825
Q2) Surus
A2) Elephant - The longest surviving war elephant of Hannibal crossing the alps
Q3) Abul-Abbas
A3) Elephant - Charlemagne's elephant
Q4) Tomen
A4) Castle - 13th Century Welsh Castle
Q5) Berilia
A5) Elephant - One of the four giant elephants holding up the Discworld
Q6) Kandula
A6) Elephant - The Elephant who helped unify Sri Lanka
Q7) Bipp
A7) Castle - A castle in Bern
Q8) Bam
A8) Castle - Known also as The Citadel of Bam or Arg-e-Bam. from 579BC
Q9) Hanno
A9) Elephant - Pope Leo 10th's pet and Artist's Muse
Q10) Rufus
A10) Castle - 15th Century Castle, also known as Bow and Arrow Castle

Round 3 - Mascots

Q1) Chester. One cool cat without a care in the world
A1) Cheetos
Q2) Mr Peanut. Sacrificed himself, at age 104, in a fiery explosion #Roasted
A2) Planters. Reborn as Baby Nut in the 2020 Superbowl Advert
Q3) Fido Dido. A black and white sports enthusiast with his own face on his t shirt.
A3) 7UP
Q4) Rich Uncle Pennybags. Spends a lot of time with Officer Mallory and Jake
A4) Monopoly. The policeman is Officer Mallory and Jailbird Jake sits in jail.
Q5) Cornelius Rooster.
A5) Kellogg's Cornflakes. Chosen because the welsh for Rooster is ceiliog (pronounced Kayleeog)
Q6) Julio P. An unstoppable and smartly-dressed mustachioed mascot.
A6) Pringles. Once you pop, you just can't stop.
Q7) Vinnie. The brand's "Number one fan" that once held an eBay auction to quickly
unload some of his goods, no questions asked. Included were paintings of dubious
authenticity, and used shovels, baseball bats, and crowbars.
A7) Fox's Biscuits (biscwits)
Q8) Aleksandr Orlov. According to his website his skills include Business entrepreneurism,
Hallway Archery and 'fluent speak of English language'
A8) Compare the Market / Compare the Meerkat
Q9) Flat Eric. Enjoys the beat of electronic music. Has little use for the brand he represents
A9) Levi's Jeans (he is a puppet and very rarely seen with legs)
Q10) Tony Jr. Replaced his father in the family business in 1975 and is as sporty as ever.
A10) Frosties (AKA Kellogg's Frosted Flakes)

Round 4 - Connection

Q1) Who gained worldwide recognition for his role as Chandler Bing in the TV Sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S?
A1) Matthew Perry
Q2) B.A. Baracus was portrayed by Lawrence Tureaud, by which name is Lawrence better known?
A2) Mr. T
Q3) Which former American Football star was tried for killing his former wife and her friend?
A3) O.J Simpson (Orenthal James)
Q4) Which actor played a talkative shower-curtain ring salesman in Planes, Trains and Automobiles?
A4) John Candy (Steve Martin is also correct but doesn't fit the theme)
Q5) In 2019 Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel appeared on the big screen, which actress took on the role?
A5) Brie Larson
Q6) Most recently credited for playing Eddard Stark in Game of thrones, this actor has announced that
he will henceforth reject roles in which his character dies after amassing 23 on-screen deaths.
A6) Sean Bean
Q7) Which dance icon appeared in at least ten films and 33 partnered dances with Fred Astaire?
A7) Ginger Rogers
Q8) Who is the proprietor of the hotel in the 1970's British sitcom of the same name?
A8) Basil Fawlty (Fawlty Towers)
Q9) Which knighted British actor convinced director George Lucas to kill off his character in the
original 1977 Star Wars because he was fed up with the role and thought of the film as "Fairy tale rubbish"?
A9) Sir Alec Guinness
Q10) What is the connection between the previous 9 answers?
A10) Food and Drink

Round 5 - Money

Q1) Which country produces the 1 Tiyin coin, a record holding lowest value coin worth about 0.0000008 pence
A1) Uzbekistan
Q2) What is the oldest currency still in use today?
A2) Pound Sterling (8th Century)
Q3) When Charles becomes king of England, which direction will his likeness face on the new coins?
A3) Left. It alternates with every appointment
Q4) In what year were the London Olympic 50 Pence pieces released into circulation?
A4) 2011
Q5) True or False: The Bank of England prints £1m and £100m notes
A5) True! They are used to back the value of Scottish and Northern Irish banknotes. They are not for public usage.
Q6) If you had one of each type of denomination in circulation, how much money will you have? (1p+2p etc. This includes banknotes)
A6) £88.88
Q7) How many sides on a 50p coin?
A7) 7
Q8) True or False: Two 1p coins weigh the same as a 2p coin. and two 5p coins weigh the same as one 10p coin
A8) True. Sadly doesn't apply to the rest.
Q9) Using 10p,5p,2p and 1p coins how many ways are there of getting 10p?
A9) 11
1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1
1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1+2
1+1+1+1+1+1+2+2
1+1+1+1+2+2+2
1+1+2+2+2+2
5+1+1+1+1+1
2+2+2+2+2
5+1+1+1+2
5+1+2+2
5+5
10
Q10) Which of the following is NOT a slang term for GBP money: Cabbage. Honk. Ducats. Spuds or Lolly?
A10) Spuds

Round 6 - Super useless

Q1) Gin Genie. Has the ability to create seismic waves relative to the level of alcohol in her blood
A1) True
Q2) Hindsight Lad. Invented himself to weasel into a group of heroes. He mostly criticises people's mistakes.
A2) True
Q3) Brick Herman. Strongly believes he has the ability to turn himself into a brick. Once. Forever.
A3) False
Q4) Arm-Fall-Off Boy. Has the ability to detach his limbs and use them as melee weapons
A4) True
Q5) Dogwelder. A man in a welder's mask who welds dead canines to evildoers
A5) True
Q6) Colour Kid. Has the ability to change the colour of an object at will
A6) True
Q7) Matter-Eater Lad. Has the ability to eat all forms of matter
A7) True
Q8) Twig. Has the ability to turn himself into a tree for a short time
A8) False
Q9) Slow Moe. Has the ability to slow himself down significantly
A9) False
Q10) Eye Scream. Has the ability to transform himself into any flavour of ice cream
A10) True

Round 7 - General Knowledge

Q1) Who was the first Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10 for her routine?
A1) Nadia Comaneci
Q2) Name one of the three species of bird that produce milk to feed their young
A2) Flamingo, Pigeon or Emperor Penguin
Q3) Who is generally considered responsible for email spam being named as it is?
A3) Monty Python
Q4) What is the most common road name in the UK?
A4) High Street
Q5) How many bridges cross the River Amazon?
A5) Zero! This is because for the entire length it is either too wide for a bridge or not worth crossing
Q6) Which colour pill does Neo swallow in The Matrix?
A6) Red
Q7) In the UK, How old do you have to be to have a shotgun license?
A7) Two. Because an adult needs to sign to say they've known you for two years
Q8) Gouda is a popular cheese originating in which country?
A8) The Netherlands
Q9) What do the French call the English Channel?
A9) La Manche
Q10) How many keys are there on a piano?
A10) 88

Disclaimer: I made this quiz for a bit of fun. This is not intended to be used as a source for any fact checking. Answers were all correct to the best of my knowledge at time of posting but may have since changed. It is up to the quiz master to decide if an answer is worth points, I take no responsibility for any arguments that may break out as a result of this quiz. If you doubt an answer, fact check it! I learned a lot of interesting things creating and researching this quiz.
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2020.07.05 20:18 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters D-F in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters D-F of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
D-F
d’abo, Henri & Tatiana: John Henry Erland d’Abo is the grandson of the 9th Duke of Rutland (more info on what these titles all mean can be found here: https://www.debretts.com/expertise/essential-guide-to-the-peerage/what-is-the-peerage/). Tatjana is his wife. Henry is the chairman of Wilton Payments Ltd, a private company that helps with financial intermediation. He and Christopher O’Neill are the primary shareholders of the company. O’Neill is Tatjana’s half-brother, a British-American financier, and husband to Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, a daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
d’abo, Mrs. Jennifer: British entrepreneur who passed away in 2003. d’Abo was once married to Peter Cadbury from the family of the famous chocolate company. Peter did not work for the company, but he and Jennifer d’Abo had a son together. Their son, Joel Cadbury, became owner of the Groucho Club, a watering hole often frequented by famous people. Three years after Cadbury sold the club, their website became the center of a child pornography scandal (link to story: https://www.sott.net/article/242698-Groucho-Clubs-website-forum-hit-by-child-pornography-scandal)
D’Alessie, Carman: This name turned up no results, however, we can safely assume that this is actually Carmen D’Alessio, the international nightlife guru who helped spawn Studio 54 and other famous clubs. She is a party legend with countless celebrity ties.
d’Arenberg, Prince Pierre: Family lineage can be traced back 1000 years. European royalty. Extremely wealthy not because of his ties to nobility, but because his mother, Margaret Bedford, was an heiress to Standard Oil (Exxon).
d’Uzes, Jacques De crussol: The 17th Duke of Uzes. Not much else found on him. Margaret Bedford married into his family shortly after her divorce with Prince Charles Auguste Armand d’Arenberg, father of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg.
Dabbagh, Amr A.: A wealthy businessman/investor from Saudi Arabia. Dabbagh recently faced corruption charges but settled with the Saudi Arabian government. Has ties all around the world, as he is a member of and/or serves/served on the boards of the World Economic Forum, London Business School, Cleveland Clinic, Jeddah Economic Forum, Harvard Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East, etc.
Dahl, Sophie: ‘90s-’00s model-turned-author and maternal granddaughter of famous author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, etc.) Dahl has been seen in photos with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Darrin, Drake: Not much information found. Darrin runs an investment group out of Greenwich, Connecticut. Lived about a mile away from Epstein in NYC.
Dartmouth, William: The 10th Earl of Dartmouth. Member of the European Parliament from 2009-2019. Became a stepbrother of Princess Diana when his mother embarked on a 2nd marriage with Diana’s father, John Spencer.
Davies, Jeff: Most likely refers to the current CFO for Legal & General Group. Davies was once a senior partner at Ernst & Young.
Davies, David & Linda: Sir David Davies is a wealthy banker and businessman with deep connections. A family friend introduced him to David Rockefeller back in the ‘60s, which helped him get his start. Linda, daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian tycoon, is his second wife. They were married for over 20 years but are now divorced.
Davis, Michael: A current partner at N3 Media, Davis has had many jobs. He started out working at CAA, one of the top agencies in the world. Check out this list of celebrities and athletes that they represent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Creative_Artists_Agency_clients). Davis then went on to produce movies and TV shows before transitioning to digital media.
Day, Nick and Heather: Not much to be found on these two. There are several articles that speak of their ranch in Kenya. Apparently, it is a fairly popular spot where people stay to get some rest and solitude.
de Andrade, Marcelo: An international banker (not the serial killer) who lives within one mile of Epstein’s mansion in NYC. de Andrade was married to Lisa Bjornson, a successful banker and higher-up at J.P. Morgan Securities back in the ‘90s.
de Baecque, Patrick: de Baecque has his hands in online news media (lefigaro.fr) in France. de Baecque was named Director of Sales and Operations at Dolead in 2017. Dolead is a company that is involved with online marketing.
de Cabrol, Milly: A high-end interior designer based out of NYC.
De Cadenet, Alen: Alain de Cadenet is one of Epstein’s many Formula One contacts. Someone here probably knows more about de Cadenet, but he used to be a racecar driver and now works for ESPN and the Speed Channel as a host.
de Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine: A French princess who used to have a penchant for partying. The only daughter of Charles Henri, 11th Duke of Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine was one of 500 guests invited to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday back in 2000. Hermine got in a motorcycle crash a month ago that put her in a coma.
De Georgiou, Anouska: A former British Playboy model who claims that Epstein groomed and raped her as a teenager when she met him in the 1990s. Her experience with Epstein is detailed in this article (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9974171/anouska-de-georgiou-jeffrey-epstein-rape-claims-nbc-playboy/). She speaks about how Epstein was able to lure her into the life as a young girl.
De Soto, Fernando: Very difficult to pinpoint. Best guess is that this is the Head of Real Estate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Madrid, Spain. I could be wrong, but this is the one that made the most sense.
Dedieu, Jean & Paulette: Nothing found.
Del Bono, Luca: Co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism.
Dell, Adam: Brother of Michael Dell (Founder of Dell Technologies and 27th ranked richest person in the world in Forbes’s BS rankings that discount the elite families). Adam is a venture capitalist who has a baby with Padma Lakshmi.
Deluca Dina & Fouard Chartuuni: Fouad Chartouni is the president of Kensico Properties, a real-estate holding company in New York. Chartouni and his brother own the Lowell Hotel in New York. The Lowell is a high-end 5 star hotel that caters largely to film executives, fashion design CEOs, publishing CEOs, and financial CEOs. Madonna lived there for nearly a year after breaking up with Sean Penn. Dina Deluca is Chartouni’s wife. She used to work as an assistant in film and television, but now focuses on her DDC28 brand of bath and beauty products.
Derby Earl / Cntess Cass & Ted: Edward Stanley (known informally as Teddy) is the 19th Earl of Derby. Caroline Stanley is Ted’s wife. She was a socialite during the ‘90s and is the daughter of Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrooke.
Derby, Ros & Jonathan: No info found.
Di Vita, Charlotte: Best known for her handcrafted teapots, di Vita started off as a volunteer who helped raise funds to help poor people, most notably in Kenya, Thailand, and Brazil. She helped locals grow food and even helped build 3 schools (37 teachers, 1100 students) through a charity, Trade plus Aid, in Bawku, Ghana, in 1995.
Dickenson, Debbie: Supermodel and actress. Sister of the more famous Janice Dickinson.
Dickinson, Janice: One of the most successful models of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dickinson has been occasionally labeled as the first ever supermodel. Opened her own modeling agency in 2005. Ironically, she accused Bill Cosby of raping her back in 1982 and wrote about it in her memoir. When called to the stand during Cosby’s trial, Cosby’s lawyer pointed out the differences between Dickinson’s testimony and her account of the incident in her memoir. Dickinson said that her accusations of Cosby raping her while under oath were the absolute truth, while she took “poetic license” with some of the details in her memoir.
Dietrich Marc Antoine and Cath: Baron Marc-Antoine de Dietrich is a businessman. He resigned as director of Vossloh Cogifer in 2011.
Dietrich, Paul & Laura: Paul is Chief Investment Officer of Fairfax Global Markets LLC. They manage investments for private investors, retirement funds, and private institutions.
Dimbelby, Johnathan: Jonathan Dimbleby is a famous British reporter, political radio and television show host, and author.
Diniz, Pedro: Former Formula One driver and businessman. Now runs a large scale organic farm in Brazil.
Dixon, Alexandra: No info found.
Djerassi, Dale: Film producer and private investor who was married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister, Isabel, from 1984-1989.
Dolbey, Alex & Suzie: Suzie Dolbey (nee Murray-Philipson) is the daughter of the recently deceased Robin Murray-Philipson, who was the descendant of the Viscounts Elibank. Alex Dolbey has been the director of several management and investment companies.
Donne, Alegra: Couldn’t find much except a bunch of pictures of her hobnobbing at fancy parties. Actual name is Maria Allegra Donn.
Dori: Dori Cooperman is a socialite blogger who is friends with Alex von Furstenberg, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, among others. Daughter of Edwin Cooperman, former Chairman of Travelers Bank Group. Used to work for the famous publicist, Lizzie Grubman, who has represented Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys. Cooperman is known for getting into trouble due to issues with drugs and alcohol.
Dorrit: Dorrit Moussaieff is an Israeli jewellery designer, editor, and businesswoman who married into royalty. Dorrit was the First Lady of Iceland from 2003-2016 after marrying President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in 2000. Although Moussaieff claims that Epstein only had her phone number because they “lived on the same street in London sometime between 1978 and 1983,” the Daily Mail published a picture of her and her husband, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Doss, David & Christy Prunier: David Doss has worked as producer and/or executive producer on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Oprah in Africa, Primetime (with Diane Sawyer), Anderson Cooper 360, and Live PD. Doss now serves as senior VP of news programming for Al Jazeera America. Christy Prunier is a former Hollywood exec and founder of the Willa brand of beauty products.
Douglas, Diandra: Actor Michael Douglas’s first wife.
Dr. Eli Wiesel: Most likely Elie Wiesel, the famous Holocaust survivor and Jewish author of Night**. Wiesel was accused of sexual assault in 2017 (source:** https://www.newsweek.com/elie-wiesel-me-too-account-690891)
Drax, Jeremy: Founder of Parham Holdings, a London property operation.
Dreesmann, Bernard: Executive Chairman of Morleys department stores in London.
Driver, Minnie: Famous movie and television actress.
Dubb, Anthony V.: Dub is an investment banker and founder of Indigo Capital, LLC.
Dubbens, Peter: Peter Dubens is a British Internet entrepreneur and investor. Founder of Oakley Capital.
Dubin, Glen: Glenn Dubin is a billionaire hedge fund manager. There is a great article detailing Dubin and his wife’s relationship with Epstein here: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/glenn-dubin-epstein-questions). Summary of the article: Dubin was the first one accused by Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre. Rinaldo Rizzo, Dubin’s chef, testified that sexual activities occurred between Dubin and a 15-year-old girl, which led to him and his wife quitting as personal chefs of the Dubins. Dubin’s wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, dated Epstein for a long time before she married Dubin. The couple was so close with Epstein that even after Epstein was convicted in 2008 and officially a registered sex offender, they invited him to Thanksgiving dinner and wrote a letter to his probation officer that they trusted him around their children, who were all minors at the time. Multiple sources say Epstein was actually their children’s Godfather, but a spokesman for the couple denies it. Glen Dubin and Epstein helped each other with their business ties, as well. Dubin also had other ties with Epstein (personal friends with Les Wexner and others). Dubin and his wife are definitely major players in the Epstein saga.
Dubin, Louis & Tiffany: Louis Dubin is a real estate developer specializing in upper-middle class condominiums. Has sold luxury condominiums to the likes of Charles Bronfman, who has ties to the Clintons, Wexner, and whose family were in the NXIUM cult. Tiffany Dubin is the stepdaughter of the now deceased billionaire, A. Alfred Taubman, the owner of Sotheby’s, a famous auction house in NYC that often hosts parties for the rich and famous.
Dubin, Peter: Epstein is/was a moron. This is the same Peter Dubens listed just above.
Duchess of York: Former wife of Prince Andrew. Mother of Princess Beatrice and Eugenie. God knows the stories she could tell. Rumor has it her toes still look like prunes to this day.
Ducrey-Giordano, Francisco: Likely the owner of General Vegetables out of Italy. No further info found.
Duesing, Paul: An interior architectural designer who has worked on luxury and personal resorts all around the world. Duesing claims Epstein tried to hire him to work on Epstein’s home on Epstein’s private island back in 2002, but Duesing declined because he didn’t like Epstein. Says he doesn’t even know how Epstein got his number in the first place. Perhaps it was Duesing’s ties with the royal family. He tells stories of getting the Queen Mother drunk, being close with Lord and Lady Lloyd, working on the home of Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi, Princess Diana’s boyfriend who died in the car crash with her.
Duke of York: Prince Andrew, the toe-sucking pedophile (allegedly), himself. Photographed with victims, Epstein, and Maxwell many times over. His reputation has been completely crushed.
Dunbar Johnson Miranda & Steph: Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International of the New York Times Company. He oversees the strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. He also spent 12 years working at The Financial Times. Miranda Dunbar-Johnson is Stephen’s wife. She serves on The Paris Committee, which “plays a crucial role in increasing Human Rights Watch’s visibility in France.” David de Rothschild is on the honorary committee.
Dunne, Griffin: An actor, producer, and director best known for his role as Jack in An American Werewolf in London (1981).
Dunne, Philip & Dominice: Philip Dunne is a Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament since 2005. Domenica is his wife.
Duong, Anh: An artist, actress, and model best known for her self-portraits and her portraits of art collectors and influencers. As a model, Duong has worked for Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfield, Moschino, Yohji Yamamoto, and others.
Durso Luigi: Luigi d’Urso was a noble and Italian railroad executive who died in 2006. His grandfather was the 9th Duke di Cassano. His mother was the great-granddaughter of George Clymer, one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and signee of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. d’Urso was also married to French designer and model Ines de la Fressange.
Duthie, John & Charlotte: John is primarily a television director based out of London. Duthie also won some poker tournaments against some of the world’s best players in the early 2000s. His wife, Charlotte played a big role in Sir James Goldsmith’s political career as a member of the Referendum Party back in 1997. Goldsmith received 3.5% of the vote in Putney, a constituency located in London.
Dzhabrailou, Umar: Umar Dzhabrailov is a Russian politician and advisor to Sergei Prikhodko, the current First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet. Dzhabrailov was rumored to be romantically linked to Naomi Campbell, supermodel and one of the main suspects in Epstein’s underage sex scandal, in the early 2000s. Dzhabrailov, a supremely wealthy businessman, ran for president in 2000, garnering 0.1% of the vote as an Independent. Dzhabrailov was a partner in Russia’s Radisson Hotel along with American entrepreneur Paul Tatum. After their falling out in 1996, Tatum was shot and killed. Some think Dzhabrailov was responsible while others think he was set up.
Ecclestone, Bernie: A billionaire British business magnate and former chief executive of Formula One Group. Ecclestone has faced some minimal controversies for tax evasion, bribery, and saying that Hitler was a man who was “able to get things done.” Disgustingly enough, Ecclestone, at the age of 89, became a father to his first son, Ace, on July 1, 2020.
Eckon, Paul: Paul Ekon is an international investor and venture capitalist who allegedly fled South Africa in the mid-90s because he was being investigated for links to a gold-smuggling syndicate. Has strong ties to South Africa, including being a personal friend of former president, Thabo Mbeki.
Edsel, Lucinda: No info found.
Edwards, Andrew & Tracy: Unsure. There was an Andrew Edwards and Tracy Edwards on linkedin who have a background in finance, but it is not conclusive whether or not they are the ones listed here or if they are even married. There is also a Tracy Edwards who is a former British sailor who used to work as a Project Manager for Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and now teaches children of Internet safety and online reputation. This would be a far more interesting connection, but I cannot find anyone by the name of Andrew with a relevant relationship to her.
Ellan, Johnathan: No info found. Given his email, likely an employee of Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm that is widely known for their luxury hotels. Starwood also specializes in real estate and energy.
Elias, Brian: A Miami Beach attorney.
Eliasch, Johan & Amanda: Johan is a Swedish billionaire businessman whose company, Gethal, was fined for alleged deforestation of the Amazon in 2008. The charges were dropped. Amanda is his ex-wife.
Elingworth, Charlie & Amanda: Charles Ellingworth is an author, businessman, and director of several real estate companies, most notably Cadogan Group, which owns most of the property in Chelsea, an affluent area in Central London.
Elizabeth: Not enough info.
Ellenbogen, Eric: An entertainment exec of Classic Media (a subsidiary of Dreamworks) and former CEO of Marvel Enterprises.
Ellingworth, Mr. & Mrs.: Charlie and Amanda listed just above.
Elliot, Ben: Current Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in the UK and nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s current wife). Elliot is also co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism. Epstein has several ties to this group. Elliot’s spokesman has said that Elliot never met Epstein. However, Elliot has been a dinner guest of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York.
Elliott, Gail & Joe Coffey: Gail Elliott is an English fashion designer and former model. Joe Coffey is her husband and co-owner of their fashion brand, Little Joe Woman.
Ellison, Mandy & Ralph: Ralph Ellison is a pharmaceutical executive and investor. He was CEO of DOR BioPharma Inc., now known as Soligenix Inc. a company focused on treating rare diseases. Soligenix came under scrutiny two years ago when they were accused of ripping off stockholders.
Elwes, Anabel: Not much information to be found on Annabel Elwes, although it is clear that she runs in elite circles. Back in 1997, Elwes organized the Hong Kong handover party in order to aid the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Guests included Anthony de Rothschild (eldest son of Evelyn de Rothschild); James Hewitt (former cavalry officer who revealed that he had an affair with Princess Diana while she was with Prince Charles. Possibly the biological father of Prince Harry, if rumors are to be believed); actress Isla Fisher of Wedding Crashers fame; socialite Tamara Beckwith; and Bassam Debs (listed in the Panama Papers).
Epstein, Ed: An investigative journalist and friend of Epstein. Denies any knowledge of Epstein’s penchant for underage girls.
Erba Noona: Noona Smith-Petersen is a public relations executive who has worked for Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein, and Tod’s. She now owns her own PR firm. Noona is married to Enrico Erba, who is a client manager for Giorgio Armani.
Espirito, Santo, Manuel and Ros: Manuel Espirito Santo is likely an heiemployee of the Portuguese banking cartel, Espirito Santo, which received a major bailout in 2014.
Estlin, Jean-Marc: Jean-Marc Etlin is a banker and current partner in CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest private equity and investment advisory firms.
Estrada, Juffali, Christina: Christina Estrada is a former Pirelli Calendar model and ex-wife (2001-2014) of Saudi billionaire heir and businessman, Walid Juffali. She received a £75 million settlement after their divorce.
Evans, Chris: Not the Captain America Chris Evans, but the UK television host and radio DJ. Evans has been rumored to often “flash” people at work (source: https://www.insider.com/police-build-case-on-chris-evans-sexual-assault-claim-2016-7). The BBC has also refused to investigate claims from an ex-Top Gear presenter that Evans “grabbed her breasts and touched himself.” When Evans was 35, he married 18-year-old pop star Billie Piper. They eventually separated and divorced years later.
Eveheart, Angie: Angie Everheart was one of the most well-known models of the 1990s. She has accused Harvey Weinstein of masturbating in front of her.
Faber, David: Due to the London area phone number listed, this is likely the former Conservative member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. His maternal grandfather, Harold Macmillan, was Prime Minister of the UK from 1957-1963. As of 2010, Faber was to become head of Summer Fields, his former prep school. Summer Fields, an exclusive all-boys prep school, has come under scrutiny in the past. Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s wife), has claimed that Summer Fields was “a hotbed of the sorts of things that are coming out now,” according to this article (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2812235/Tom-Parker-Bowles-former-headmaster-dismisses-food-writer-s-claims-old-primary-school-hotbed-impropriety-complete-rubbish.html) from the Daily Mail published in 2014. Parker Bowles went on to claim that one master would join naked boys in the shower.
Faber, Sally & Brook Johnson: Charles “Brook” Johnson is a millionaire UK businessman and polo player. His wife, Sally Faber was a weather girl in the 1980s and former wife of former David Faber (listed above). They live next door to Prince Charles in Highgrove.
Faibairn, Charlotte: Charlotte Fairbairn is an author who has worked in the arts, politics, and journalism. Most importantly, she is the eldest daughter of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (1933-1995), a Scottish politician and former legal adviser to Margaret Thatcher, who was posthumously accused of child molestation and sexual assault against an adult female. Sir Nicholas’s name was allegedly on a list of VIPs who attended parties at an underage boys brothel in the 1980s with Cyril Smith, another British government official and alleged serial sex offender. More info can be found on both here: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sir-nicholas-fairbairn-child-abuse-scandal-link-1531718 and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Smith
Fairfax, The Hon Rupert: Hon. Rupert Alexander James Fairfax is the son of Thomas Brian McElvie Fairfax, 13th Lord of Fairfax of Cameron. Rupert is currently Managing Director of Fairfax Saddles, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2018. This is the highest business award in the UK.
Fairweather, Natasha: A well-known literary agent who was the literary editor of The Moscow Times and writereviewer for the London Times and The Economist.
Fairweather, Ms. Catherine: Former travel editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Porter. Married to photojournalist Don McCullin. McCullin co-wrote The Palestinians with Jonathan Dimbleby, another Epstein associate listed above.
Fairweather, Ambassador & Lady: Sir Patrick Fairweather is a retired British diplomat. He worked as Ambassador to Angola (1985-1987), Italy (1992-1996), and Albania (1992-1996). Lady Maria Fairweather was a linguist and professional interpreter who once helped out Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin when the official interpreter disappeared at a crucial moment just before the commencement of the G7 Summit.
Fakhre, Armado & Jasmine: Amado Fakhre is the British-Argentinian Founder and former CEO of Coral Capital, a Havana-based investment group best known for its joint venture partner in Havana’s upscale Saratoga Hotel. Fakhre was arrested for corruption and Coral Capital was forced to shut its doors in Havana. Fakhre was interrogated for 20 months in a Cuban safe house and eventually got sentenced to 5-7 years for bribery, but did not have to serve any time. No explanation has been given. Jasmine is his wife.
Fakhre, Danny & Christine: Danny Fakhre is the Chairman of Kochii Oil out of Australia. Christiane is his wife.
Fall, Meredith: No info found.
Fallah, Mrs: Likely Gina Fallah, mother of Christina Fallah. Gina’s father was Reza Fallah, an Iranian businessman and political advisor.
Fallah, Ms. Christina & Jon Robe: Christina Fallah is an interior designer and owner of Christina Fallah designs.
Falletans, Olivier de: Managing partner at Bryan, Olivier, & Co., a mid-market investment bank in Technology. Olivier comes from a family of nobility dating back to at least the 13th century.
Fanjul, Pepe: Jose “Pepe” Fanjul is a billionaire businessman involved in sugar and real estate. Vice Chairman and President of Flo-Sun. “Pepe” is a Republican. He was one of the largest contributors to George W. Bush’s campaign, is an ardent supporter of Marco Rubio, and co-hosted a large fundraiser for Donald Trump. His older brother, Alfonso Fanjul Jr., is a Democrat and was a co-chair of Bill Clinton’s Florida campaign, further proving that POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP IS A CROCK OF SHIT.
Faulkner, Terence & Cornelia: Terence Faulkner is Chairman of Leathams PLC, a London-based food distributor. Cornelia is Terence’s wife. She is Director of Leathams and a specialist decorator.
Feeley, Fiona: An interior designer at Atelier Designs.
Fekkai, Frederic: A French celebrity hairstylist.
Feldman, Andrew: Orthopaedic surgeon in New York City.
Felix, Helena: Not much to be found on Helena. She was possibly the director of an investment firm called Edenhaven Limited. Her husband, Peter, was an oral surgeon. He passed away in 2011.
Fell, David & Anne: Nothing much found here. After a lot of digging, it turns out that David Fell lives in an apartment at 1177 Avenue of the Americas, a real estate holding of Larry Silverstein, owner of the World Trade Center who (allegedly) took out insurance on the WTC just before 9/11.
Ferragamo, Leonardo & Beatrice: Leonardo is the son of Salvatore Ferragamo, the creator of Salvatore Ferragamo, S.p.A., an Italian luxury goods company specializing in shoes, leather goods, and watches.
Ferranti, Hugo: Hugo de Ferranti is an art dealer. He is also a Director for Action on Addiction, a UK-based charity for people with drug and alcohol addiction issues. Kate Middleton has served as patron of Action on Addiction since 2012.
Ferry, Brian: Bryan Ferry is a singesongwriter and the owner of Studio One recording studio in London. In the 1970s, he was the frontman for the British rock band, Roxy Music.
Fiennes, Martin: The heir apparent to the Baron Saye and Sele, a title of peerage in England. Lives in Broughton Castle. Cousin of actor Ralph Fiennes.
Fiennes, Martin: Same person.
Fiennes, Ralph: Famous actor. Cousin of Martin Fiennes. The fact that Epstein knows so many people in this family is troubling.
Fiennes, Suzzana: A British artist who works exclusively with Prince Charles. Susannah is the twin sister of Martin Fiennes and cousin of actor Ralph.
Fifer, Chuck: Not positive, but could be actor Chuck Pfeiffer, who is a close friend of Oliver Stone and was in Wall Street with Michael Douglas. However, it could be someone else. Pfeiffer didn’t have much of an acting career.
Figg, Christopher & Charlotte: Christopher Figg is a movie producer and CEO of Piccadilly Pictures. Figg is best known for producing the first 3 Hellraiser movies, Trainspotting, Dog Soldiers, Heidi, Coriolanus (directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes), We Need to Talk About Kevin, and many others. Charlotte is his wife.
Finch Charles: A failed director who became a talent agent for William Morris. Oversees a private equity finance unit called Finch Asia and is Chairman of Dean & Deluca (66 stores nationwide). Most notably, Charles Finch is known to host extravagant, A-list laden parties at Cannes, home of the world-famous film festival, pre-Oscar parties, and pre-BAFTA parties. There is an in-depth article from the Hollywood Reporter about Finch and his Cannes parties here (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meet-charles-finch-ultimate-cannes-party-host-you-need-know-1001847). Regulaoccasional guests of his Cannes parties included: Harvey Weinstein, Rush Hour director Brett Ratner (accused of sexual abuse by 6 women, including actress Olivia Munn and actress/model Natasha Henstridge), Mick Jagger, and Netflix bigwig Ted Sarandos. Finch’s pre-Oscar and pre-BAFTA parties have attracted the likes of Jeff Bezos, Robert De Niro, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Margot Robbie, Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones, music mogul who has been accused of nefarious sexual endeavors), Tracee Ellis Ross, and others Finch is the son of famous actor Peter Finch (A-list actor from the 1960s-1970s, best known for his role in the movie Network, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor) and Yolande Turner (actress). A deeper look into Finch’s parties and connections would definitely prove interesting.
Finklestein, Howard: Finkelstein is a public defender in Broward County, Florida. In Florida (and some other states), public defenders are elected, not appointed.
Firyal Princess: Jerusalem-born Jordanian princess who was once married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal. Firyal was named an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. Princess Firyal launched the International Hope Foundation in 1994 for the benefit of homeless and street children. Firyal holds positions with several museums (The Louvre, The Tate, MOMA, and Guggenheim), as well as positions with Columbia University, New York Public Library, United Nation Association, and International Rescue Committee.
Fisher, Dan: Given the address listed (Trump Tower), it is possible that this is a former lobbyist (https://www.citizen.org/news/36-former-lobbyists-working-trump-clear-conflicts-interest/) and current Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office, however I am unable to confirm this information with 100% certainty.
Flick Mook: Likely Friedrich Christian Flick, known as Mick Flick. The Flick family was a billionaire coal and steel conglomerate that was accused of war crimes during the Holocaust. Flick’s grandfather financially supported the Nazi Party and used 48,000 forced laborers from the concentration camps, many of whom died due to the conditions. Grandfather Flick was found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg and served 3 years of his 7-year sentence. Mick (Mook) sold most of his holdings in the ‘80s and retired a billionaire.
Foman, Bobby & Jeanette: Robert Q. Fomon currently works as a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley. He specializes in wealth management. He used to be an Assistant Director at Bear Stearns (owned by Chase), one of the investment banks that went under as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. His father is. Robert M. Fomon, Jeanette is his wife. D-F continued below....
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2020.06.28 22:46 hannahlaquokka Judge my name choices? :)

Hi lovelies!!
So to preface, I'm not pregnant yet. But we've been thinking about it recently, and so have been thinking about names. Hoping to have two children, so these are the options we've settled on. Our surname is Scottish and 3 syllables.
Boys
1 - Leo George (Surname)
Leo is my favourite boys name and also my partners star sign, and George is my dad's name.
2 - Luca Anthony (Surname)
I'm part italian and Luca brings that through, and Anthony is a family name.
Girls:
1 - Brooklyn Aurora (Surname)
We loved one tree hill and brooke specifically and fell in love with the name from there. Lynn/lin is in the family and we wanted to incorporate that. Aurora is because my partner is a huge disney fan lmaoo
2 - Elara Lilly (Surname)
My partner picked this one and I have no idea why. I let him have it because it's quite pretty.
Sooo what do we think? They're quite modern I think but we like that, we're only in our 20s and I think our name choices reflect that.
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2020.06.21 02:31 helloratsiamgbxnjh Jar jar binks

The Jar Jar Binks is a Sith Lord Theory.
Here I will seek to establish that Jar Jar Binks, far from being simply the bumbling idiot he portrays himself as, is in fact a highly skilled force user in terms of martial ability and mind control.
Furthermore, I assert that he was not, as many people assume, just an unwitting political tool manipulated by Palpatine-- rather, he and Palpatine were likely in collaboration from the very beginning, and it's entirely possible that Palpatine was a subordinate underling to Binks throughout both trilogies.
And finally, given the above, I will conclude with an argument as to why I believe it is not only possible, but plausible that Jar Jar will make a profound impact on the upcoming movies, and what his role may be.
So first, let's establish Jar Jar as a skilled warrior. While this does not in itself necessitate a connection with the Physical Force, it's highly suggestive in the Star Wars universe-- very rarely do we see "normal" characters exhibiting extraordinary stuntwork or physical feats unless they are Jedi, Sith, or at least force sensitives.
So here's Jar Jar nonchalantly executing a standing 20 foot twisting somersault.
Now, taken out of context, if you were watching a Star Wars movie and saw a character casually execute this maneuver, you'd probably assume it was a Jedi. In the context of Jar Jar, though, we don't... because elsewhere he so thoroughly convinces us that he's nothing more than a harmless dunce with his inane dialogue and cowardly-lion act.
He also manages to convince us that he's a bumbling oaf in the midst of pitched battle... even though he's always incredibly, amazingly successful. Whether single-handedly taking down a battledroid tank, or unleashing a barrage of boombas on their front lines, or precisely targeting multiple enemies with a blaster tangled around his ankle (!!!), we simply roll our eyes and attribute it to dumb "luck."
But is it? Obi-Wan warned us otherwise.
This is one of the main reasons we as an audience hate Jar Jar so thoroughly; he breaks the fourth wall, he he shatters our suspension of disbelief, because we know that no one is really that lucky. We dismiss it as a lame, cliched trope-- the silly pathetic oaf who always seems to inadvertently save the day.
I posit that, instead, this is a deliberate facade on the part of Jar Jar as a character, and on the part of the writers and animators. As we know, the Jedi themselves are inspired by Shaolin Monks, and there's a particular kung fu discipline that Jar Jar's physicality is purposefully modeled upon which allows him to appear goofy and uncoordinated even as he lays waste to his enemies; namely, Zui Quan, or Drunken Fist wushu. This discipline seeks to imitate the "sloshing," seemingly random foibles of a drunkard, but in reality the staggering and stumbling is the use of bodily momentum, deception, and unpredictability intended to lure and confuse opponents.
Let's take a look at Jar Jar displaying some wushu (the compasion clips are taken from an instructional Zui Quan video):
Jar Jar kipping-up
Zui Quan Comparison
Jar Jar "sloshing"
Zui Quan Comparison
Jar Jar Sweeps the Leg
Zui Quan Comparison
(if you slow down the above gif, you'll notice how Jar Jar dodges an incoming blaster shot at the very beginning. You'll also notice how he's mysteriously aware of the droideka as it appears behind him, even though it isn't in his line of sight and he couldn't possibly hear it over the din of battle....)
Jar Jar Centering himself in preparation for a Force jump
Zui Quan Comparison
...ok, that's all well and good, but even if Jar Jar is a secret Drunken Fist boxing master, that doesn't make him a force user, right? Well, it should at least make us suspicious of his character period. It establishes that his over-the-top, childish antics are a veneer masking a more complex character than we're led to believe. But even if you choose to ignore Jar Jar's seemingly magical prescience in battle, I believe that there is a particular scene in which we do see him clearly make use of the physical force...
In TPM, when Jar Jar and the Jedi ambush the droids and rescue the queen and her entourage, Jar Jar "accidentally" botches his leap from the balcony. A few frames later, he is seen dropping from the opposite side of the balcony, which would seem to be quite be impossible without a force assisted jump and/or force sprint of some kind. Let's take a look at the full scene:
Jar Jar Ambush
(Note that as they sneak up, Jar Jar is just as effortlessly stealthy as his Jedi counterparts. Interesting.)
Now as I said, we see Jar Jar catch hold of the balcony on the far right side, but then he drops to the ground on the far left. Easy to dismiss as a continuity or framing error, I suppose... except that one of the droids continues to fire on Jar Jar's initial position, even as we see him drop elsewhere!
Here it is in slow-motion
See the droid that comes charging up, right behind the one Qui-Gon chops down? What's he shooting at up there?? And see its head swing back towards Jar Jars new position after the shot? You can also see another droid behind it tracking Jar Jar with its head, and manage a shot on the new position. This means that the animators knew very well where Jar Jar was supposed to be- dangling from the balcony over Qui-Gon's left shoulder- and purposefully animate the droids tracking his inexplicably fast movement elsewhere.
I think what has happened here, even though we don't see it directly, is that Jar Jar has purposefully split the attention of the enemies by grabbing on to the balcony as he falls, and then (using the force) propelled himself with a pull-up/flip to land in an unexpected place.
In fact, this is a maneuver we've seen before... from a jedi. Twice, if you want to count Obi-Wan doing it in the Duel of Fates to take Maul by surprise.
In addition to this kind of highly suspicious physical "luck," I also believe that we're given enough clues to justifiably suspect that Jar Jar is also a master of Jedi Mind Control.
Consider: We hate the way Jar Jar influences major plot points for the same reason we hate his physicality- it messes with our sense of realism. Two experienced Jedi on a serious mission would never actually bring someone that stupid along with them. No character that idiotic would ever really be made a general. They certainly wouldn't be made a senator. How could anyone like Jar Jar really convince the entire galaxy to abandon democracy? That's ridiculous.
These things are just the political version of his physical "luck." Inadvertent, seemingly comical bumbling that just so happens to result in astoundingly positive results. But what if it isn't inadvertant, and what if Jar Jar's meteoric rise and inexplicable influence isn't the result of dumb happenstance, but the result of extensive and careful use of force mind powers?
Jedi (and presumably Sith) exhibit telltale signs when using the Mind Trick to implant suggestions or influence behavior. For one, they always gesticulate and not-so-subtly wave their hands at the target.
Here's a look at some pivotal Jar Jar moments during his political career:
[Jar Jar hand-waving his way towards a promotion to Bombad General] (http://gfycat.com/ChillyWideAardwolf)
[Jar Jar hand-waving his way towards a promotion to the Senate] (http://gfycat.com/LameImmaterialEwe)
Jar Jar using Force Persuasion as he hand-waves the entire Galactic Senate and ushers in the death of democracy.
Actually, if you watch the prequels with the idea that Jar Jar might be a manipulative, dark character, you begin to notice just how insidious and subtle his manipulation is, and how effective, in almost every sequence he's involved in, and also just how hyper-aware of the overarching plot he really is.
Examples: Jar Jar tricking the Jedi into traveling through the planet core (so that they need him). Jar Jar carefully causing a scene so that they run into Anakin. Jar Jar constantly mocking Qui-Gon behind his back while Anakin is watching (so that Anakin learns disrespect for Jedi authority early on). Jar Jar telling an 8 year old child that the queen is "pretty hot," fanning the flames of the child's infatuation that is exploited later on. I could go on.
Now if you lend even the slightest credence to my above points, and acknowledge the possibility that Jar Jar might not be an idiot, you're almost forced to conclude that Jar Jar Binks and Palpatine were co-conspirators. If Jar Jar is putting forth an elaborate act to deceive people, it means he's not a fool... and if he's not a fool, it means his actions in Episode II that facilitate Palpatine's plans are not those of an unwitting tool- they are those of a partner.
Remember- Palpatine and Jar Jar are from the same planet, which in the scale of the Star Wars universe is like growing up as next door neighbors. It's entirely possible that they knew each other for years prior to TPM-- perhaps they trained together, or one trained the other. And Naboo is a really strange planet, actually; remember those odd ancient statues with the third eye? Naboo is the kind of place an "outcast" Gungan might find a Sith holocron or two.
But that's just speculation. Let's stick to what we know-- what we know is that even after Palpatine is elected as Chancellor, years after Jar Jar has been "tricked" into helping elect him, Palpatine still hangs out with Jar Jar in RotS.. Why? Wouldn't he be a constant source of public embarrassment? This is the same character who can't walk five yards without stepping in poodoo or squealing like a rabid donkey, right? What use does he have now? Why is he still at the right hand of the most powerful person in the galaxy? Could it be that in fact Jar Jar is the most powerful person in the galaxy?
Fine. Maybe. Hilarious conspiracy theory, but why would George Lucas bother to create this devious Gungan character with an elaborate conspiratorial past, but then never actually reveal his true nature?
Here's George Lucas (from a documentary) talking about Yoda:
"Yoda really comes from a tradition in mythological storytelling- fairy tales- of the hero finding a little creature on the side of the road that seems very insignificant and not very important, but who turns out to be the master wizard, or the master thing..."
As we all know, one of Lucas' big deals with the prequels was that they were intended to "rhyme" and mirror the original trilogy in terms of general narrative themes. So there should have been a seemingly innocent creature found on the side of the road that later reveals itself as a major player. We do have a creature that this seems to describe precisely... Jar Jar... but of course he never develops into a "master" anything.
Here's what I think happened: I think that Jar Jar was initially intended to be the prequel (and Dark Side) equivalent of Yoda. Just as Yoda has his "big reveal" when we learn that his tottering, geriatric goofball persona is just a mask, Jar Jar was intended to have a big reveal in Episode II or III where we learn that he's not really a naive dope, but rather a master puppeteer Sith in league with (or perhaps in charge of) Palpatine.
However, GL chickened out. The fan reaction to Jar Jar was so vitriolic that this aspect of the trilogy was abandoned. Just too risky... if Jar Jar is truly that off-putting, it's potentially ruinous to the Star Wars legacy to imply that he's the ultimate bad guy of the entire saga. So pretend he was just a failed attempt at comic relief instead.
This is why Dooku seems like such a flat, shoehorned-in character with no backstory; he was hastily written in to cover the plot holes left when villain Jar Jar was redacted. Yoda was meant to duel with his literal darkside nemesis and mythological equivalent at the end of AotC: not boring old Count Dooku, but Sith Master Jar Jar. And Binks was meant to escape, not just that duel but to survive the entire trilogy... so that he could cast a shadow on the OT, too; you'd rewatch the originals knowing that the Emperor wasn't necessarily the big baddie after all... Jar Jar is still out there somewhere. It would have been sort of brilliant.
But I believe it is likely that the writers of the new trilogy will resurrect this idea. Most people seem to think that Disney wishes to distance or somehow disassociate itself from the prequels... but this doesn't actually make any economic or marketing sense. There is far more prequel-era based intellectual property to capitalize on than there is OT, if only because of the Clone Wars movie and series. Billions of dollars in iconic toys, images, characters, games, park rides, etc that an entire younger generation grew up on. Disney is not going to pretend that over half of the $4 billion in IP they bought simply isn't worth acknowledging.
(and anyway, we have behind the scenes TFA footage clearly showing imagery being reused from the prequels. Also, many of the flags above Maz's castle in the trailer are from TPM)
No, it stands to reason that one of their primary goals will be to reinvigorate and ultimately try to redeem the prequels in the eyes of the fanbase. To elevate and improve them retroactively, as much as possible. So how do you do that?
Jar Jar Binks has undoubtedly become the face of everything that is "wrong" with the prequels- he was too silly, too unbelievable, seemingly pointless. If you are able to somehow change the nature of Jar Jar from embarrassing idiot to jaw-dropping villain, suddenly the entire prequel trilogy must be seen in a new light, because it becomes the setup for the most astounding reveal in film history:
Jar Jar Binks is Supreme Leader Snoke!
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2020.06.19 07:21 NathanJacobs2 List of British Wrestlers Exposed Tonight

Scroll down for the list, however I feel it's important to give a little context to the situation.
So, one person outted a British Wrestler or wrestling trainer on Twitter. I'm unsure who was named first because there's been about 50 exposed since. Many have been exposed by current or ex professional wrestlers, ex partners of wrestlers or simply people these wrestlers have harassed, assaulted or mentally abused at shows, in training, in public or online. Not all have been sexual predators, some have just been branded as arseholes, homophobic or racist.
It is important to understand that allegations are simply allegations, however most have shown proof and those that haven't are seemingly a reliable source.
Having been around Brit Wrestling years ago, and having even spent time at a wrestling school training back in 2015 or 16 - I've heard many stories, but without proof that's literally all they are so I'm not going to "leak" any rumours or anything because simply I don't have any proof, nor is it my story to tell.
One of the people in the wrestling school I attended was a young girl (14 or 15) who attended with her older sister. Anyway, following the trainer not hscibgWow, British Wrestling is seemingly breaking Twitter tonight and for all the wrong reasons.
Having been around Brit Wrestling years ago, and having even spent time at a wrestling school training back in 2015 or 16- I've heard many stories, but without proof that's literally all they are so I'm not going to "leak" any rumours or anything.
The "wrestling school" I attended came to an end because the bloke was unlicensed, didn't have any insurance and didn't have a ring. It was two sessions a week in a sports hall with crash mats. Which, imo is how it should be, but without the right insurance the guy had to stop. I genuinely enjoyed it and despite the limited training, I learnt a hell of a lot about the business.
One of the people in that class was a young girl (14 or 15) who attended with her older sister. Following the trainer not having the licences and insurances the school closed and most went off to went off to a licenced school called IPW:UK. A few years later I saw her name online because she outted the main trainer after he had groomed her and forced her into sexual acts. That man being Daniel Elder.
Tonight I've seen yet more of these trainers and wrestlers outted on Twitter and in all honesty I've not begun to read all of what acts have been alleged, there's far too many! However, I'm genuinely not shocked by at least 15 names on this list. Many I've heard stories about internally and online in the public domain.
I'll list the names that have been outted online below, Ill let you research what they've done because some of the claims are pretty disturbing and may cause offence to some people.
Apologies if I've missed any names or listed some twice!
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2020.06.17 19:57 Kratz177 Top 5 Drawbacks of highly Conservative societies for men, that nobody talks about(Part 1)

Top 5 Drawbacks of highly Conservative societies for men, that nobody talks about(Part 1)
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Introduction If you were to read Roosh, Rollo, TRP, MGTOW, Return of Kings, and other subs, you believe that liberal societies are bad for men, and conservative societies are good for men. What happens is that America and the Anglosphere as a whole have become a radical society, NOT a liberal one. Liberal society would be the 90s were having hot girls on a cover was cool. Now Playboy has been censored, and you no longer see nudity.
I'll write more on this when I write about the "Hierarchy of societies for men." However, I believe a Pro Men society NOT a conservative on is the ideal society for men(However, a Pro-Men society has never existed in the West because of its emphasis on egalitarianism. It has only existed in other societies like some Latin American societies. Top 5 Drawbacks My example will be based on 1950s America.
1-You are stuck with Plain Jane for life!
Unfortunately, most of the time in conservative societies, you are stuck with one of the first girls you date. Once you marry her, you need to stick with her for the rest of your life. Divorce is frowned upon and can ruin someone's reputation, hurting their career prospects(See the novel, Rebecca). Moreover, cheating outside of marriage is also frowned upon. Even if some people might do it if you get discovered, you can get in big trouble. Therefore, as a man, you don't have an option to get out of a bad deal.
2-Race Mixing is prohibited
I don't know about you guys, but I want to have sex with girls from multiple backgrounds. If you live in a Calvinist society where moral alarmism and degenerate narratives are the talks of the day. Then I highly doubt you'll get the chance to have sex with as many girls as you want. You will have a lot of pressure to submit to the standard of marring one girl from your race, and that'll be it.
3-No more sex before or after marriage
I say do away with marriage altogether. I don't know how old most of you guys. However, I believe most of you are NOT taking full advantage of the current dating dynamics. Most of you should be at the rave grinding on petite girls. Meanwhile, many guys are angry at the other subs wasting time.
"Duty sex" is a backward and lame concept. These are 19th-century values that can't be applied to the 21st-century landscape. From the looks of it, marriage leads to unhappiness. Moreover, instead of seeing things as your "duty" or "calling," you should see it in terms of your self-interest(See Rational Self-Interest).
4- A expectation to have children early and dedicate your life to them
You have the blessing of individualism, on the one hand, but the curse of "moral" expectations. Let's think of my friend Gary(I'll give him a nickname) from Salt Lake City. He got married early and had children. He no longer went to parties, raves, concerts. Instead, he was stuck at home and had to care for his children. Moreover, his wife went out on lady's nights while he stayed home and played video games(the double standard). It not only happened to my friend but also George Lucas. It would help if you guys broke out of this cycle. The ideal life is an optimized life for yourself pursuing your personal goals.
5-A Life of Sacrifice
A lot of these thinkers like "Masculine Mindset" romanticize the life of sacrifice as the ideal one for men. They use all this abstract language, "sacrifice," "struggle," "survival," to appeal to the dumbest men. But is it? In every corner, you realize that you are putting others above yourself. A woman above yourself, children above yourself, your nation above yourself, and religion above yourself. All of these values are cool to write about it. However, they are terrible to experience them. Imagine if you were at the battlefield fighting hungry, tired, and paranoid. Throughout the nations' history, we see that it is not the superior men who went to the battlefield but the sheep whose lives were thrown away by their leaders who made money out of this whole charade.
Conclusion You need to revolutionize your thinking! You can't be living your life based on a society built on moral alarmism, which has now given rise to a society with a female bias. It's time to play by new rules. You're own rules! The problem with modern Western society is that one party is living by unrealistic standards while the other is free to do whatever they want. If I were a modern American man, I would go to Third world countries on a hooker binge(to get rid of sexual obsession), and after I'm done, I would do pick up artistry to date multiple women. I would forget all about the "Old Culture" of soulmates, emotional connections, and life partners. Even if you are genetically predisposed to that, you need to overcome it in the name of fairness.
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2020.06.16 14:04 mathmischief So I had the fortunate luck of hosting a live chat with George Lucas (Raiz CEO) this evening...

So I had the fortunate luck of hosting a live chat with George Lucas (Raiz CEO) this evening...
Should've called this the Raiz ' we probably should've caught up on some sleep' chat, lol.
Hi - I'm Josh, and I'm one of a team of mods that run Raiz Investors Australia (we're a Facebook community with about 9,000 members).
Earlier this evening, I had the opportunity to host a live chat with George Lucas, CEO and Managing Director of Raiz. We had about an hour of chatting, it was pretty wide-ranging.

I'm not a journalist, but I've gone through and recapped most of the points discussed. It's not perfect, but I think I've covered most of the points. You can view the full video in the group, and I'll see if I can find a way to share the video feed here, :)
The recap:
What’s the take up of Sapphire been like?
Average balance about the same as the rest of the portolios – $200-300k per day invested into the Sapphire portfolio. Currently around $8m FUM, at the rate it’s going, will overtake the Moderately Conservative portfolio ($10m FUM).
Noted when released, interest was greater than anticipated.
Will there ever be a release of breakdowns of portfolios?
Can be done, never thought of – will look at it at for the next quarterly reporting (mid July).
Noted approximately 80% of FUM are invested in the aggressive portfolios (ModAgg, Emerald, Agg, Sapphire). Strongly urged to look at your options, pick what suits your personal circumstances best.
Gender split as well as portfolio split is interesting – women tend to more conservative portfolios.
Noticeable shift back towards more aggressive portfolios in April/May.
Will there ever be a custom portfolio option? What are the challenges?
Yes – it’s on their roadmap, in very early stages (will need to go through UX, design, programming, legal). Don’t expect it for at least a year, will include more ETF options. Legal takes a while too.
Is Raiz a long term investment option?
Raiz appeals to a broad range of people – from all the customers Raiz has had over the years, they’ve lost approximately 30% of customer base over lifetime. Some non-super users with balances over $400,000.
Notes stockbroking can be very expensive – the ode of users who withdraw their portfolio to invest in the market, only to reinvest down the track.
Any chance of reviewing ETFs in a portfolio? For example, swapping FAIR for RARI in the Emerald portfolio.
Something Raiz takes into consideration with their portfolios is the risks at play – liquidity risk (having a good buy/sell spread to get the best outcomes for customers), and concentration risk (having a diverse range of ETF providers – such as managing across SSGS, BetaShares, Vanguard, etc).
Observing the consistency of portfolios – Emerald focussed towards tech as a consequence of the structure of the ETFs, heavily weighted.
What are Raiz’s next steps? Raiz is looking at Thailand and Vietnam (early stages). Difficult in the current environment with limits on overseas travel.
The next twelve months will have a large element of consolidation – taking feedback over the last six months and using it to improve the app and features.
Will there ever be an option to customise split multiple portfolios? Leads back to custom portfolio option – Raiz has always had the view if you want a piece of Aggressive and Conservative, may as well just pick Moderate.
Observation that as things have changed, that’s not really possible with something like Sapphire – will be reviewed in the custom portfolio design.
Will Raiz ever have a debit card?
(Bundll) has been around for since February/March to approximately 8,000 beta testers. Partnerships are a little bit slower – just takes time.
Looking like it will hopefully launch in the next few weeks.
Is there any plans to earn Raiz Rewards on Bundll?
Yes – it’s a matter of signing up partners. You’ll have to nominate to use the Bundll card to do that, hopefully will have some partners on it shortly.
Do you ever see an expansion or change happening to Raiz Kids happening in the future?
Being reviewed as part of the consolidation program – some of the difficulties include AML (anti-money laundering) and the taxation component.
Raiz Kids is popular – approximately 40,000 users. Recognised that there’s a ways to go to improving it.
Do you ever see Raiz trading multiple times a day, or using something like the NPP to invest multiple times a day? At the moment, not actively being looked at. As an example, twice a day could enable nearer real time investment. Would likely not affect withdrawals massively (due to CHESS settlement rules).
A bit of work to do before Raiz gets to that point.
Is Raiz concerned about Robinhood or a similar product making their way to the market?
Not really – Robinhood’s more like a brokerage tool, whereas Raiz is more like a savings and investment platform.
Is there a possibility of seeing a twelve month rolling return on the app?
Something rigorously debated in the Raiz office. Raiz doesn’t claim to be the best out there, they’re just trying to get a good return at a reasonable cost. Sticking to doing it once every twelve months at the moment.
Could the American Acorns potentially make a move back into the Australian market?
The partnership between Acorns and Raiz is potentially non-existent these days. Non-compete exists between Acorns and Raiz (notes that they are just legal docs).
Will there be a Raiz merch store? It’s something that we can talk about with the team – they don’t have much merch in general.
I have no idea how to run one!
Apparently someone is trying to sell a Raiz cap online at a high price.
If merch is what the people want, it’s something they can look into.
What advice would you give to Raiz users who have sold out in the market crash?
It’s really about investment timeframe and appetite for risk. If you’re only investing for the short term then considering less volatile portfolios with more bonds and such may be good to consider.
What portfolio are you using?
Emerald – did switch to Sapphire for a bit.
Will the Raiz ASX listing start including Indonesia/Malaysia FUM stats? Malaysia is sending out 2-3k emails a day, still in early stages.
Indonesia’s FUM is far smaller than the Aussie amount, but the number of users is high. These numbers are reported quarterly.
Would you expect to see an improvement to GDP by 2021? Will probably start seeing an increase in September. It could potentially take 2-3 years to recover, but it’s really, really hard to predict. Hopefully it recovers quickly, but nobody knows what’s going to happen.
What’s the transition been like, working remotely? Fortunately, lucky – minimal legacy systems, transition for the most part was easy. Biggest part was making sure the team had portable laptops. Trading systems like Bloomberg are fixed, but they’ve been able to work around.
Do you ever see Raiz advising that the site will down for maintenance?
When the site will be down for known maintenance, we’ll try to advise in advance.
Two short outages recently were unplanned.
Database upgrade in the next few weeks.

Alright, that's it for now - will add more when I get a chance, :)
Stay safe, be well.
- Josh (aka MathMischief)
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2020.06.03 15:57 dr_Tec Space Station 20th: Commercial Cargo and Crew

The successful flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo 2 mission, launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil for the first time since 2011, was the culmination of a years-long effort led and supported by several US Presidents and NASA Administrators to provide replacements for the cargo and crew transportation capabilities to the International Space Station (ISS) previously provided by the Space Shuttle. The novel approach of the government procuring services provided by private companies opened a new chapter in human space exploration.
Launch America Nearly nine years after Space Shuttle Atlantis roared off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, American astronauts Douglas G. Hurley and Robert L. Behnken made history when, aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule they christened Endeavour, they launched atop a Falcon 9 rocket from the very same pad. Nineteen hours later, in a flawless automated maneuver, they became the first crew to dock at ISS aboard a commercial spacecraft. As part of the test flight objectives, they performed manual flying tests of the spacecraft prior to docking at the Harmony module of ISS. Both Hurley and Behnken had visited the station on previous Shuttle missions, but for Hurley this was a different sort of homecoming – he served as Pilot on that last flight of Atlantis and piloted the Orbiter away from the very same docking port at which he arrived nine years later aboard Endeavour. Shortly after docking the crews opened the hatches and Hurley and Behnken joined Expedition 63 crewmembers Christopher J. Cassidy, Anatoli A. Ivanishin and Ivan V. Vagner as ISS’ newest residents. Their ground-breaking mission continues.
Preamble In an address at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, on January 14, 2004, President George W. Bush announced the Vision for Space Exploration (VSE). In addition to proposing a return to the Moon, the VSE saw the retirement of the Space Shuttle by 2010 after completing the assembly of ISS. The VSE encouraged NASA to acquire commercial cargo services to ISS as soon as practical, and Congress supported the activity in the 2005 NASA Authorization Act. In response, NASA Administrator Michael D. Griffin established the Commercial Crew and Cargo Program Office (C3PO) in November 2005, inaugurating a new business model for the space agency that instead of traditional procurement contracts with private enterprise to deliver hardware and services to NASA now relied on the companies investing their own capital to develop the needed spacecraft and rockets and NASA to purchase the transportation services from them. The C3PO devised a two-phase process to develop cargo resupply service to ISS – the Commercial Orbital Transportation System (COTS) program for commercial entities to develop and demonstrate reliable commercial services followed by the Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) program to actually deliver cargo to ISS. President Barack H. Obama’s space policies encouraged public-private partnerships and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden greatly expanded the Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program’s fledgling efforts for commercial crew transportation services. On Aug. 18, 2006, NASA announced that Space Exploration Corporation (SpaceX) of Hawthorne, California, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based Rocketplane Kistler (RpK) had won the first round of the COTS competition and signed Space Act Agreements (SAAs) with the two companies. In October 2007, NASA terminated the agreement with RpK since the company hadn’t raised enough capital and following a second round of competitions selected and signed an SAA with Orbital Sciences Corporation (Orbital) of Dulles, Virginia, on Feb. 19, 2008. SpaceX developed its two-stage Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule capable not only of supplying pressurized cargo to ISS but also delivering unpressurized external payloads and hardware to the station and also returning internal equipment and especially scientific samples back to Earth. Both the Falcon 9 rocket and the Dragon capsule relied on reusability to reduce operating costs. Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space built Orbital’s Cygnus cargo vehicle, relying on its experience building the Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules and the European Space Agency’s Columbus research module for ISS. Orbital developed the two-stage Antares rocket to launch the Cygnus spacecraft. On Dec. 23, 2008, NASA announced the award of the first CRS contracts to SpaceX for 12 resupply missions to ISS and to Orbital for 8 missions, to which in 2015 NASA added 8 more Dragon and 3 more Cygnus missions. On Jan. 14, 2016, a second CRS-2 contract not only guaranteed at least six more SpaceX and Orbital missions but added a third contractor, Sparks, Nevada-based Sierra Nevada Corporation to provide at least six flights of a cargo version of their Dream Chaser reusable space plane. SpaceX launched its first Falcon 9 carrying a boilerplate Dragon capsule from Launch Pad 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) on June 4, 2010. The successful mission, not intended to approach ISS or be recovered, demonstrated the capability of the new Falcon 9 rocket. The first mission under the COTS program called Demo Flight 1 took off on Dec. 8, 2010. Once again the Falcon 9 performed as expected and the Dragon capsule made two orbits around the Earth, demonstrating its communications and maneuvering capabilities. SpaceX recovered the capsule in the Pacific Ocean after a flight of 3 hours and 20 minutes. Two more demonstration flights had been planned, but NASA decided to combine their objectives into a single mission flown as Demo Flight 2, launching on May 22, 2012. Four days later, the capsule rendezvoused with ISS, where Expedition 31 crewmember Donald R. Pettit grappled it with the Canadarm2 robotic arm, calling to the ground, “Looks like we got us a dragon by the tail,” before maneuvering it to its berth at the station’s Harmony module’s nadir port. The first commercial cargo transportation vehicle had arrived at ISS. Later that day, he and ISS Commander Oleg G. Kononenko opened the hatch and entered the capsule, with Pettit noting that it “smelled like a brand new car.” The onboard crew spent the next six days unloading the 1,157 pounds of cargo that Dragon had delivered and on May 31 released it from ISS. Dragon made a successful splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, returning 1,466 pounds of experiment samples and used hardware. The mission completed the required COTS certification for the Dragon cargo vehicle. Orbital launched the first test flight of its Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island, Virginia on April 21, 2013, with a test payload to simulate the mass of a Cygnus spacecraft. The mission’s objectives did not include approaching ISS and the mass simulator burned up on reentry on May 10. Orbital carried out a single COTS demonstration mission, designated Cygnus Demo 1, launching on Sep. 18, 2013. The company began a tradition of naming their spacecraft after deceased astronauts or other aerospace notables, christening this first one the G. David Low after the former astronaut and Orbital employee who died in 2008. Orbital executive and Low’s fellow Class of 1984 astronaut Frank L. Culbertson said during a preflight press conference, “We were very proud to name [it] the G. David Low.” Eleven days after its launch, Expedition 37 crewmember Luca S. Parmitano grappled the spacecraft with Canadarm2 and berthed it to Harmony. The crew unloaded the 1,543 pounds of supplies that it brought to ISS and on Oct. 22 unberthed it from ISS, loaded with 2,850 pounds of cargo for disposal. The next day, Cygnus fired its engine to begin the fiery reentry over the Pacific Ocean. Orbital became the second commercial company to complete the COTS certification for its cargo vehicle. SpaceX launched its first operational Dragon cargo resupply mission on Oct. 8, 2012, while the first operational Cygnus spacecraft took off on Jan. 9, 2014. To date, 20 Dragons have carried pressurized and unpressurized cargo to ISS and returned scientific samples and hardware to Earth at the end of their missions, while 13 Cygnus spacecraft have lofted logistics to the space station. The record is not without setbacks as each program suffered a launch failure that resulted in loss of the spacecraft and its cargo. While both companies recovered quickly from the failures, the accidents highlighted the wisdom of the decision to use two separate and independent systems to launch cargo to ISS. Over the years, both SpaceX and Orbital have implemented improvements in their spacecraft and launch vehicles to increase safety, performance and reliability. For added flexibility, SpaceX leased Launch Pad 39A from NASA at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) and began using it to launch Falcon 9 rockets beginning with the SpaceX-10 mission in 2017. Always a part of SpaceX’s business model to reduce costs, the company began to refly its Dragon capsules in 2017, and has flown three of its capsules three times to ISS. Beginning in late 2015, Orbital introduced an Enhanced Cygnus with a 50% increase in internal volume to carry more cargo. In addition to upgrading its spacecraft and rocket, Orbital underwent some corporate restructuring over the years, first merging with Alliant Technologies in 2015 to become Orbital ATK. In 2018 Northrup Grumman acquired Orbital ATK to form Northrup Grumman Innovation Systems. Upgrades to ISS itself, such as opening up a second berthing port on the Unity module in 2015 allowed two cargo vehicles to be docked at the same time. SpaceX vehicles brought two International Docking Adaptors (IDAs) that once installed on ISS enabled future commercial cargo and crew vehicles to dock directly to ISS rather than being grappled and berthed by crewmembers operating the Canadarm2.
Commercial Crew Services Following retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011, NASA needed a system not only for cargo transportation to and from ISS but also to ferry crews to the station and returning them to Earth. Until a US-based system could be deployed, NASA relied on purchasing crew seats from Russia on Soyuz spacecraft. The NASA Authorization Act of 2010 expanded existing CCDev activities with a new competition to develop the spacecraft needed to ferry crews to ISS. NASA awarded contract to four companies – Blue Origin of Kent, Washington, to develop a capsule; SpaceX to upgrade their Dragon cargo vehicle to carry humans and to human-rate their Falcon 9 rocket; Sierra Nevada to develop the Dream Chaser winged lifting-body vehicle; and The Boeing Corporation’s Defense, Space and Security Division of Arlington, Virginia, to develop the CST-100 Starliner capsule. SpaceX, Sierra Nevada and Boeing received funding in August 2012 to support development of the spacecraft. In September 2014, during the final phase of the competition, NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX to develop the Crew Dragon and Starliner vehicles for crew transportation. As noted above, Sierra Nevada decided to develop a cargo-only version of its Dream Chaser. In a ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston on Aug. 8, 2018, NASA Administrator James F. “Jim” Bridenstine introduced the first contingent of eight NASA and one Boeing astronaut who would fly the inaugural missions under the Commercial Crew Program. NASA assigned Douglas G. Hurley and Robert L. Behnken to fly the first Crew Dragon demonstration flight and Victor J. Glover and Michael S. Hopkins to its first operational mission. For the Starliner’s Crew Flight Test (CFT) demonstration flight, NASA selected Nicole A. Mann and Eric A. Boe and Boeing assigned its astronaut Christopher J. Ferguson, a retired NASA astronaut. Sunita L. Williams and Josh A. Cassada were selected for Starliner’s first operational mission. In January 2019, E. Michael Fincke replaced Boe on the Boeing CFT mission crew. In March 2020, NASA announced the addition of NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the first SpaceX operational flight crew. Following years of development and testing, SpaceX and Boeing prepared their spacecraft for uncrewed orbital test flights. SpaceX’s first Crew Dragon spacecraft lifted off from KSC’s Launch Pad 39A, formerly used to launch Saturn V rockets during the Apollo Program and dozens of Space Shuttle missions, on March 2, 2019. During the Demo 1 mission, the unpiloted spacecraft completed an automated docking with ISS at the Harmony module’s forward facing port one day after launch. Although unpiloted, the Crew Dragon carried a fully suited anthropometric manikin named Ripley, after Sigourney Weaver’s character in the Alien film franchise. After six days at the space station, during which Expedition 58 crewmembers unloaded the 400 pounds of cargo it had brought to ISS, the Crew Dragon capsule undocked automatically. After it left the station, Expedition 58 crewmember Anne C. McClain said, “We want to take a moment to recognize this milestone accomplishment. Fifty years after humans landed on the Moon for the first time, America has driven a golden spike on the trail to new space exploration feats through the work of our commercial partner SpaceX and all the talented and dedicated flight controllers at NASA and our international partners.” The Crew Dragon capsule made an automated reentry, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean off the Florida coast, clearing the way for the first crewed mission. The capsule also returned 330 pounds of cargo, including valuable science experiment samples. Boeing’s Starliner, christened Calypso after the mission, launched from CCAFS Launch Complex 41 on an Atlas V rocket on Dec. 20, 2019, on its uncrewed Orbital Test Flight (OFT). While no astronauts rode aboard, the capsule carried an anthropometric manikin, wearing a pressure suit, nicknamed Rosie the Rocketeer, channeling Rosie the Riveter of World War II poster fame. About 31 minutes into the flight, an error with the Mission Elapsed Timer caused the spacecraft to enter an orbit from which it could not rendezvous with ISS. The planned eight-day mission was cut short to two days, with Starliner making a parachute- and airbag-assisted touchdown at the White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. Following postflight analysis, Boeing announced in April 2020 that it will refly the mission to achieve the required objectives to clear the Starliner for its first crewed test mission. The OFT reflight is currently planned for October 2020, and if all goes well Ferguson, Fincke and Mann will fly the CFT mission in April 2021. Boeing’s Starliner, christened Calypso after the mission, launched from CCAFS Launch Complex 41 on an Atlas V rocket on Dec. 20, 2019, on its uncrewed Orbital Test Flight (OFT). While no astronauts rode aboard, the capsule carried an anthropometric manikin, wearing a pressure suit, nicknamed Rosie the Rocketeer, channeling Rosie the Riveter of World War II poster fame. About 31 minutes into the flight, an error with the Mission Elapsed Timer caused the spacecraft to enter an orbit from which it could not rendezvous with ISS. The planned eight-day mission was cut short to two days, with Starliner making a parachute- and airbag-assisted touchdown at the White Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. Following postflight analysis, Boeing announced in April 2020 that it will refly the mission to achieve the required objectives to clear the Starliner for its first crewed test mission. The OFT reflight is currently planned for October 2020, and if all goes well Ferguson, Fincke and Mann will fly the CFT mission in April 2021.
What’s next? The past eight years have seen the coming of age for commercial cargo services to ISS and the beginning of crew transportation which will become regular in the very near future. The SpaceX-20 mission in March 2020 was the last of the original Dragon capsule design. Beginning with the next mission in October 2020, SpaceX will introduce the Cargo Dragon 2 version based on the Crew Dragon capsule design. Like the crewed version, Cargo Dragon 2 will also dock directly with ISS instead of being grappled and berthed. NASA has contracted with SpaceX and Northrup Grumman for at least six Cargo Dragon 2 and Cygnus flights through 2024. Sierra Nevada is continuing to prepare its reusable Dream Chaser Cargo System lifting body vehicle to begin providing transportation to and from ISS in late 2021. In 2019, in its continuing efforts to stimulate a low Earth orbit economy, NASA announced the opportunity for private astronauts to carry out missions of up to 30 days aboard ISS, using either Crew Dragon or Starliner for transportation. Houston-based Axiom Space has signed an agreement with SpaceX to fly one professionally-trained astronaut hired by Axiom and three paying private citizens on an eight-day flight to ISS in late 2021. Although details are still in work, NASA is in discussions with actor Tom Cruise to film a movie aboard ISS.
Credits: NASA
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2020.05.26 19:59 Hugh_Jankles Minecraft Dungeon Review Roundup

Link to metacritic: https://www.metacritic.com/game/xbox-one/minecraft-dungeons/critic-reviews

Game Information

Game Title: Minecraft Dungeons
Platforms:
Trailers:
Developer: Mojang
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Review Aggregator:
OpenCritic - 73 average - 43% recommended - 58 reviews

Critic Reviews

Area Xbox - Kevin Arbelo - Spanish - 6 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is the new game of Mojang and Double Eleven. This new game brings the Minecraft franchise to the universe of dungeons crawler
Areajugones - Víctor Rodríguez - Spanish - 5.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a game that doesn't live up to expectations. Despite being funny, it's way too small and unpolished to be the next game in the Minecraft series. Playing through the whole game leaves us with the feeling that this is just a prototype rather than the full ARPG game that fans were expecting.
Ars Technica - Sam Machkovech - Unscored
It's priced right for a clever, family-friendly alternative to Diablo. If you're looking for a new co-op game, buy.
AusGamers - Kosta Andreadis - 6 / 10
An entry level take on a well-worn genre that after a few hours will have you heading for the exit.
COGconnected - James Paley - 75 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons isn’t the finest ARPG I’ve ever picked up, but it’s a terrific first step in your journey.
Cerealkillerz - Manuel Barthes - German - 8.1 / 10
Despite being just a spin-off, Minecraft Dungeons doesn't need to hide behind its big brother. With great Dungeon Crawler elements you fight through a hero story with a lot of charm. The low entry price also lets you forget about some of the shortcomings of the game.
Cheat Code Central - Lucas White - 4 / 5
Minecraft Dungeons won’t do much for you if you’re looking for a new, true blue dungeon crawler. But if you have a little one to tag along on your expeditions, this is an accessible, cheerful, and polished romp perfect for extra bonding time.
Destructoid - Chris Carter - 8 / 10
Although Minecraft Dungeons might not have the depth that a lot of hardcore dungeon crawler fans are looking for, it's an easy game to pick up and play at pretty much any point: solo or otherwise. Minecraft has proven itself to be quite the enduring and endearing IP over the past decade, and Dungeons is now partially responsible for that legacy.
DualShockers - Michael Ruiz - 8 / 10
Diablo for all ages.
Echo Boomer - David Fialho - Portuguese - Liked
More action, less construction, all fun. At least until things get a little repetitive.
Eurogamer - Tom Phillips - No Recommendation / Blank
You can build anything in Minecraft, something this fun dungeon-crawler from Mojang ably proves.
GRYOnline.pl - Patryk Manelski - Polish - 7.5 / 10
Minecraft: Dungeons stole 10 hours of my life, but it only took half of that to finish the game. When the difficulty level rises and Creepers multiply, the game becomes very enjoyable. However, to truly appreciate this game, you have to play it with someone. If you have a trusty team and love pixels – the game will be worth your time.
Game Informer - Jeff Cork - 7 / 10
The first few hours are a treat, and the late game has a nice element of experimentation. Unfortunately, its flaws balloon during the lengthy middle stretch.
GameSkinny - Jason D'Aprile - 7 / 10 stars
Minecraft Dungeons offers a very Diablo-like dungeon-crawling experience without the gore and grimdark atmosphere.
GameSpew - Kim Snaith - 8 / 10
Considering the game’s asking price, Minecraft Dungeons should be a must-buy for anyone who enjoys a good dungeon-crawling adventure.
GameSpot - Steve Watts - 7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a welcoming dungeon-crawler entry point for newcomers and a lighthearted throwback for veterans.
Gameblog - Gianni Molinaro - French - 7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons can be considered as a good way, for kids, to try a dungeon-crawler. Very cute, very simple, efficient, that game just lacks some depth and tasks that would urge players to keep on playing after finishing the, quite short, main campaign.
Gamerheadquarters - Jason Stettner - 8.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a great dungeon crawling experience offering lots of replayability, and many unique touches that stay true to the franchise.
Gamers Heroes - Blaine Smith - 80 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons is a dungeon-crawling adventure that promises a lot of fun for gamers young and old alike. While its replay value may wane with time, a constantly growing progression system and its various difficulty settings offer a lot for those less affected by the repetition.
GamesRadar+ - Alex Avard - 3.5 / 5 stars
Mojang's smartly streamlined dungeon crawler makes for a more accessible alternative in the action RPG space.
GamingBolt - Matt Bianucci - 8 / 10
Despite a shallow loot system, Minecraft Dungeons crafts an enjoyable and relaxing dungeon crawling experience that offers something for both fans of the series and fans of the genre.
God is a Geek - Mick Fraser - 6.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons has heaps of potential, and in a year's time it may be a very different beast. But right now I can't shake the notion that this is a squandered opportunity.
GotGame - Josh Boykin - 7.5 / 10
Even with these issues though, I enjoy Minecraft Dungeons. I’ll likely put more time in with it between playing heavier, story-based titles, but I’m compelled by its gameplay. The combat is fun and light, and perhaps the Apocalypse Mode will carry more of the awesome loot I seek. Also, at a $20 price point, it has plenty of action for the entry cost.
Guardian - Keith Stuart - 4 / 5 stars
This retro-tinged hack-and-slash spinoff has plenty of Mojang character and humour
Hardcore Gamer - James Cunningham - 3.5 / 5
Minecraft Dungeons is a capable all-ages dungeon crawl that, while doesn't use its license to anything like its full potential (see Dragon Quest Builders 2 for how to do it right), is still good fun once it gets moving.
IGN - Seth G. Macy - 7 / 10
Simple and fun to play, Minecraft Dungeons is a good entry-level dungeon crawler, but it doesn't dig too deep.
IGN Italy - Italian - 7 / 10
It's funny, engaging and, at times, surprisingly challenging: Minecraft Dungeons only lacks a bit of depth in the end-game area, and we hope to see that added in the next months.
Impulsegamer - Andrew Bistak - 3.8 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons is the perfect distraction and while it doesn't offer much in terms of originality, it's an enjoyable block… err… hack 'n slash game set the wonderful backdrop of Minecraft in this family friendly version of Diablo with good gameplay, graphics and audio to help get you lost in pure entertainment. It's also a game that is played better with friends so if you need some mindless entertainment, check out Minecraft Dungeons!
Marooners' Rock - Andrew Peggs - 8.7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons may only take a few hours to beat if you’re set on grinding the levels on solo play. The local and online co-op play is where replay value is added. Minecraft Dungeons is a must-have addition to your game collection and great for the whole family.
Metro GameCentral - 7 / 10
A modern day alternative to Gauntlet, whose innate shallowness and overreliance on random generation is balanced out by some fun combat and great co-op action.
New Game Network - Alex Varankou - 70 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons is a straightforward action RPG spinoff that doesn't try to be anything more than an accessible entry for existing fans of the franchise. The low asking price helps offset the areas where the game comes up short.
Nintendo Enthusiast - Steven Rollins - 8 / 10
All in all, Minecraft Dungeons is a lot fun. Coming from more of a Diablo background, I wasn't sure how well the simplified mechanics would jive with me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Everything about Minecraft Dungeons, from the enemies to the environments to the increased emphasis on higher-quality items, oozes a charming Minecraft feel. A few minor performance issues hold it back slightly, but not enough to keep me from coming back for a lot more.
NintendoWorldReport - Neal Ronaghan - 7 / 10
While the overall brevity and lesser level diversity is disheartening, Minecraft Dungeons is an enjoyable experience. It's much harder to recommend as a solo player, but if you're able to hang out on the couch and knock out some creepers with a pal or head online and smash up mobs with a buddy, the weaker elements can wash away. I had a good time playing Minecraft Dungeons. I just wish there was a little more to it.
PC Gamer - Rachel Watts - 75 / 100
Minecraft Dungeons is a breezy dungeon crawler that reproduces Minecraft's playful attitude.
PC Invasion - Jason Rodriguez - 8 / 10
Even though the campaign might be short and the mechanics a tad bit shallow for an ARPG, Minecraft Dungeons still manages to dazzle at times with its unique charm. With online and local/couch co-op multiplayer, you can have a blast and enjoy your romps with this family-friendly offering.
PCGamesN - Ben Maxwell - 7 / 10
A stripped down Diablo that oozes charm and loot variety but is probably better suited to a younger audience.
Polygon - Ben Kuchera - Unscored
Microsoft and Mojang have created a game where you’re hitting endless minions and boss characters with all sorts of pointy weapons, but they did so in such a way that playing still feels creative, and freeing. That’s a very welcome magic trick from a series trying something this new, this confidently.
PowerUp! - Leo Stevenson - 9.3 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a must-play and uniquely perfect game for the strange times we find ourselves in.
Press Start - Ewan Roxburgh - 7.5 / 10
Bar a rather unexciting story, a little lack of nuance in the combat and a couple of misgiving regarding couch co-op, there is a hell of a lot to love and enjoy about Minecraft Dungeons. Rather miraculously, it's managed to pull off being both a game for all types of Minecraft fans and those seeking a challenging dungeon crawler. At launch, it's a little concise sure, but chasing that new loot means I'm not done with it yet, and likely won't be for a while still.
RPG Site - George Foster - 8 / 10
That’s Minecraft Dungeons in a nutshell though - what’s here is mostly fantastic, but what’s missing feels like it could have pushed it beyond greatness.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - Nate Crowley - Unscored
It’s a robust piece of design that you could well consider a triumph, given just how many ways in which the concept of an ARPG based on a construction game phenomenon could have ended in disaster. And I’m confident in recommending it as worth its price to even the most jaded click-stabber, especially one with even a passing familiarity with Minecraft. But the fact it’s been executed so competently leaves me wishing the developers had been a bit more reckless, frankly.
Shacknews - Ozzie Mejia - 7 / 10
But, while the core Minecraft experience can be enjoyed alone, Minecraft Dungeons feels much more suited for a night with friends. So be sure to link up with a few partners, because it's dangerous to go alone.
Skill Up - Ralph Panebianco - Unscored
Minecraft Dungeons is...not great.
Spaziogames - Paolo Sirio - Italian - 7 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a fresh and fast-paced dungeon crawler experience, even though a little too tiny to appeal on the long run
Stevivor - Steve Wright - 6.5 / 10
We basically decided we’d keep playing through the three major difficulties, but really because it seems like some easy gamerscore rather than an activity we’re invested in.
TechRaptor - Austin Suther - 7.5 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a casual ARPG that's perfect for fans of the series. Although it has pretty visuals and a challenging late-game difficulty, the loot variety is disappointing and the game's overall replay value doesn't seem high.
The Games Machine - Daniele Dolce - Italian - 6.8 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a good entry point into the world of the hack & slash games tailored for a younger audience. Too bad the loot system is abysmal and there's no endgame whatsoever.
TheSixthAxis - Dominic Leighton - 8 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons could easily have been "My First Dungeon Crawler", but it's so much more than that. It does a great job of taking the genre's hooks – the waves of enemies, the pervasive drive for better loot – and making them palatable and approachable for a wide-ranging audience. It's perfect family gaming, but if you crank the difficulty up prepare for an epic beatdown, and the epic rewards to go with them.
TrueAchievements - Sean Carey - 4 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons is a superb dungeon crawler with something for players of all ages.
TrustedReviews - Jade King - 3.5 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons is a solid dungeon crawler that will work wonders with younger audiences taking their first step into the genre, although will leave experienced players wanting something more significant.
Twinfinite - Chris Jecks - 3.5 / 5
Minecraft Dungeons is undoubtedly entertaining, and despite all my gripes I find myself being pulled back in, drawn to take on ever-more difficult challenges as I grind toward better gear.
USgamer - Mike Williams - 3.5 / 5 stars
Mojang spins up its own take on the Diablo dungeon crawling formula. While it looks like it might be "Baby's First Diablo," Minecraft Dungeons has a good degree of challenge available for you and three friends. It's more focused on lowering barriers by streamlining the acquisition of loot, instead of miring you in pages of stats. There's a decent tail of playability with three levels of difficulty, but you'll have to look to potential post-launch content for the length of experience some dungeon crawling fans crave.
VG247 - Jeremy Peel - 3 / 5 stars
Like Diablo, this is a game designed for multiple playthroughs on increasing difficulties, but few players will feel compelled to return to a seam that’s all dried up after a single day’s exploration.
Video Chums - A.J. Maciejewski - 7.3 / 10
It may not be as expansive or inspire as much creativity as its namesake may lead you to believe but Minecraft Dungeons is certainly a solid and enjoyable isometric action game with character progression that'll keep you hooked.
Wccftech - Rosh Kelly - 7.6 / 10
Minecraft Dungeons is a bright and colourful dungeon crawler, with interesting enemies and fast, frantic combat. It doesn't bring anything new to the genre, and takes away quite a lot of its complexities, leaving us with a simple, accessible, unremarkable yet still fun game.
WellPlayed - Jordan Garcia - 5 / 10
Though it does a great job at making the isometric ARPG formula more accessible, Minecraft Dungeons ultimately falls short due to its shallow nature
Windows Central - Jez Corden - 4.5 / 5 stars
Minecraft Dungeons meat is in its satisfying combat and complex character-building opportunities, and in that, the game delivers by the truckload.
Worth Playing - Adam Pavlacka - 6 / 10
There is a lot of potential in Minecraft Dungeons (and there is already DLC being advertised for it), but in its current state, it feels like a first draft. If you already have a Game Pass subscription, check it out for some easy achievements, but if you're looking to scratch that dungeon crawler itch, there are better options out there right now.
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2020.05.19 22:51 AchievingFulfillment What are the Most Inspiring Books Everyone Should Read?

What Should Be Added To This List?
Take it from these CEOs, founders, and other high-achieving leaders. Whether you turn pages, tap a tablet, or listen to audio, a good book can be a perfect relaxation aid, tutor, or source of inspiration. Here are quotes from more than two dozen executives who name their favorite book and explain why it's worth your attention.
1. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
"A quick and illustrative book that shows just how powerful well-designed and properly implemented checklists can be in reducing mistakes in all kinds of fields. I've been on many mountaineering adventures where your life depends on a good checklist to make sure ropes, harnesses, and equipment are properly set up. Not everything in life needs a checklist, but we see every day how they can deliver results. When you're boarding a plane, you see pilots working through a number of preflight checklists to make sure everything is in order and no steps are overlooked. At our fast-growing business, checklists that we continue to tweak are critical in building repeatable and scalable processes. Gawande sums it up well: 'You want people to make sure to get the stupid stuff right. Yet you also want to leave room for craft and judgment and the ability to respond to unexpected difficulties that arise along the way.' No matter how good the checklists, they themselves cannot make anyone follow them."
--Tom Martin, CEO of Glance, a visual engagement solutions software company
2. The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz
"The book is marketed as 'a practical guide to personal freedom,' but in a work setting I use it to check myself when I'm trying to solve a problem, listen to criticism, give constructive feedback, or resolve a conflict. The agreements--don't gossip, don't take things personally, don't make assumptions, and do your best--help me start from a rational position of trying to understand the issue at hand, without bringing any negative mental baggage that may come along naturally if I weren't aware of them. I also use the Four Agreements framework to analyze conflicts, so I can understand why someone may be reacting in a negative or emotional way and to help me remain calm if I'm involved in the conflict."
--Bob Armour, CMO of interactive employee communication software company Jellyvision
3. The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability, and Avoiding the Next Collapse by Mohamed A. El-Erian
"During my time on Wall Street, I witnessed both high and low times. If you want to understand the modern global economy, you should read this book. El-Erian is an incredibly clear thinker and explains complex ideas in an articulate way that is understandable to the financial novice while engaging to a seasoned industry veteran. Although no one can predict the future, this book comes close."
--Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder and CEO of digital investment platform Ellevest and author of Own It: The Power of Women at Work
4. The Varieties of Human Experience by William James
"I graduated from high school at age 16. I honestly think the teachers pushed me ahead because they couldn't put up with me anymore! I used my GI Bill benefits to enroll in college. In one of my psychology classes, I was exposed to William James, the father of modern psychology. He once said, 'If you can change your thinking, you can change your life.' And that really resonated with me, so I sought to begin a program in self-mastery. I started reading everything I could get my hands on about successful people. What were their thoughts, habits, and philosophies? It didn't take long to discover that my upbringing wasn't in alignment. Once I realized that, I gradually shifted into an entrepreneurial mindset, and I proved James's theory correct. William James really made me aware of what I had been thinking and truly opened my eyes to examining the crippling power and control of the past."
--Dan Lee, director of NextDesk, a company that creates power-adjustable desks that can be quietly raised from sitting to standing height
5. Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
"An amazing investigation into the world of competitive memorization that turns into an in-depth study on the capacity, and limitations, of the human mind. The book provides a real appreciation for how our brains work that I find massively applicable in both my work and personal life. A must-read!"
--Adam Tishman, CEO of Helix, a direct-to-consumer sleep brand that uses personalization technology to individually design and custom build mattresses based on customer preferences
6. A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
"This masterfully written book highlights three leadership styles, culled from the lives of three kings mentioned in the Bible: Saul, David, and Absalom. Whether you are a seasoned business owner or a young entrepreneur, this book is a priceless treatise on the art of identifying and dealing with the good, the bad, and the ugly attitudes of those who sit in the big chair at the office."
--Michael Tyrrell, author, composer, and producer of Wholetones, a healing frequency music project aiming to help people improve their health, sleep, creativity, productivity at work, and well-being
7. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
"A very good friend of mine recently gave me a copy. It's not a sit-down-and-read-it-in-one session type of book. But I was facing some challenging moments, and she left a copy on my desk with a note that said, 'You need this.' I opened a page randomly, and read, 'Know yourself, and you will win all battles.' It resonated immediately with me. Sometimes founding a company is like a war--you need discipline, a game plan, confidence, and to understand the enemy (competition). I keep it on my desk for moments when I'm finding things tough. It's not always relevant, but sometimes it's a better pep talk than any inspirational Instagram post."
--Michelle Kennedy, founder and CEO of Peanut, an app which helps mobile-first mothers connect with other like-minded women
8. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
"It goes without saying that leading a company is hard and leading a fast-growing company is even harder. The challenge for me--and for many business leaders--is why does it always seem harder than it should be? This book does a great job of being therapist and consultant--from someone who's been there and done that--to those of us who have asked ourselves this very question. Ben's ability to convey, in an easy-to-read, engaging, and thought-provoking way, his thoughts, fears, and struggles about raising money, rapidly growing, restructuring, and ultimately selling his company makes this a must-read for any CEO who wants to build and run a great business. At the end of the day, success in business comes down to persistence and the willingness to make the hard decisions, day in and day out. To succeed, we must, as Ben suggests, 'embrace the struggle.'"
--Chris Sullens, president and CEO of WorkWave, cloud-based field service management and "last mile" fleet management software solutions
9. Sam Walton, Made in America: My Story by Sam Walton
"I read this book more than 25 years ago and so much of it is still with me. My main takeaway was when he talked about how he would go to his warehouse at 5 a.m. to talk with the warehouse and delivery teams. He felt that was where he was able to get the best information about what was going on with his business. Remember, they didn't have advanced inventory data programs and tracking systems to the level we have now. To this day, I continuously travel to our factories, warehouses, and fulfillment centers and talk with the folks who build, ship, and deliver our products. Sam was right. That's where I get the most important information about my business."
--Ron Rudzin, co-founder and CEO of luxury online mattress company Saatva
10. Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
"Danny Meyer is the restaurateur behind Gramercy Tavern, the Modern, and even Shake Shack. He shares how his focus on generous hospitality has led to his restaurants' resonating with customers. I find the intense focus on the details of the diners' experiences and the great respect and care shown to make their dining special incredibly applicable to businesses beyond restaurants. People want to be taken care of and remembered by the companies they do business with. Danny shares how he developed this philosophy and how he implements it across his various restaurants, from fine dining to fast casual burgers."
--Caleb Elston, co-founder and CEO of Delighted, which uses the Net Promoter System to help companies measure the voice of the customer over time
11. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
"Paulo Coelho leverages the myth, one of my favorite genres, to provide inspiration for all readers, but perhaps entrepreneurs will be affected especially. First, it challenges you to have a big vision, but teaches that creating and pursuing it is hard work and likely to take you on a very long journey. Second, you must learn by observing nature. To me, observation is the most important skill of an innovator. And the observation of nature is central to technological change throughout the ages. A 2016 robotics project at UC Berkeley mimicking cockroaches is just one modern example. Furthermore, understanding human nature is essential to being a good manager. In all his writings, Coelho reinforces that true inspiration comes from a quiet and calm place. Clearly, this is not possible if we never allow our minds and bodies some time away from emails, texts, and busy work. Finally, the book comes full circle, reminding us that the power to achieve our dreams is within us and was within us from the beginning. Think of it as a variation on the Star Wars theme: 'The Force is within you.'"
--Stephanie Newby, CEO of Crimson Hexagon, which provides business intelligence from social media analysis
12. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt
"This is a story about a business executive dealing with serious challenges at work and in his personal life. It is a good read as a novel, but more interestingly, it is a great business and leadership book. Its theme is that, in life and in business, you should constantly ask 'What's the goal?' before taking any action when faced with a task or challenge. If you establish clear goals and a method of measurement, your action plan is more likely to line up with achieving the goal. The character, Herbie, becomes a metaphor for how to identify constraints and define processes based on these constraints."
--Jim Dicso, CEO of SundaySky, which provides personalized video engagement for brands
13. When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub
"Hollywood producer Jerry Weintraub shares fascinating firsthand stories and useful advice about how to get what you want in life. His book is based on his decades of experience producing music and movies for Elvis, Sinatra, George Clooney, and more. It's the 21st-century version of How to Win Friends and Influence People. And it's a fun read."
--Karl Sakas, agency consultant and author of Made to Lead
14. Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim
"How to leverage, how to differentiate, and how to hedge--this classic business book inspires me on how to compete in the overcrowded optical and eyewear business. In today's fast-changing environment, what used to be your strength and competitiveness can be your biggest obstacle in growth and change. One must constantly question, learn, and keep an open mind."
--Jenny Ma, founder and CEO of eyewear brands Brooklyn Spectacles and Luxeye Optical
15. The Widow Cliquot by Tilar J. Mazzeo
"For anyone interested in true business pioneers, or indeed one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of all time, this biography is a great read. It recounts the inspiring story of the widow Veuve Cliquot's struggle to grow her fledgling champagne business in the early 1800s following the death of her husband. Set against the backdrop of Napoleonic France, Veuve Cliquot conquered not only the glass ceiling of sexism, but political and financial turmoil to grow Veuve Cliquot into a remarkable empire. As similar issues resurface in the modern era, her battle is a timely reminder that determination and daring can win the day. A beautifully written account that I couldn't put down."
--Abi Weeds, founder of organic natural skin care and makeup company Odylique
16. Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
"It was my first real exposure to Western literature and really opened my eyes. I was probably 11 or 12 years old, living in South Korea before we immigrated. Since then, I have reread it many times. The main inspiration for me is the utmost perseverance, planning, and dogged determination required to achieve one's goals despite encountering many hardships and setbacks."
--Lucas Roh, founder and CEO of the big-data platform Bigstep
17. I Love You All the Time by Jessica Elin Hirchman and Jennifer Elin Cole
"This is a children's book that I used to read to my daughters when they were three or four years old, and for some reason it has stuck with me even as they enter young adulthood. The message is simple: Remember those who have unconditionally loved and supported you through thick and thin; find the time, make the time. For me, it's namely my wife and kids. It's so easy to read one more email, take one more call, or work one more hour at the expense of those who have been there for me whether I'm successful or not. My ability to create lasting memories with my family will not be judged by how successful I've been, but by how successful I've helped them be. That single phase has entered my thoughts many times and is a good reminder of what's ultimately most important."
--Tracey Wiedmeyer, co-founder and CTO of InContext Solutions, a Web-based virtual reality solutions provider for retail
18. The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
"Lencioni's work reads like a script for a Mission Impossible movie. In this case, he takes a very talented protagonist, Kathryn Petersen, and drops her into a Silicon Valley company in turmoil. Her mission: Take a highly dysfunctional set of executives and turn them into a highly functioning leadership team before the company implodes or she gets fired. I have a particular passion for understanding how to transform a group of individuals into a high-performing team, as a great team does more for a company's results than anything else. Yet I've also struggled with how to communicate what makes great teams great and how to internalize that message. Lencioni takes a bit of the opposite approach, where he explains what makes a team not so great: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results. His lessons are simple and inspired, and I've found the book to be a road map for building great teams, drawing on the story countless times in my career."
--Jeff Somers, president and head of retail for small-business insurance company Insureon
19. The Power of Broke by Daymond John
"[It] is essential reading for every aspiring entrepreneur with a big idea and limited resources. So many people assume that you need to have money to succeed--that's a false presumption. JR and I are living proof that passion and tenacity are more important than money to realize your goals. The Power of Broke, which I am lucky enough to be featured in, truly provides the tools and information needed to help you realize people of all financial statuses can find success, as long as you work hard and trust in yourself."
--Loren Ridinger, founder of Motives Cosmetics and SEVP of e-commerce platform Market America and Shop.com
20. American Icon: Alan Mulally and the Fight to Save Ford Motor Company by Bryce G. Hoffman
"This book really resonated with me, because it's almost a mirror image of what we did with the Sparkling Ice brand. Hoffman dives into how Alan Mulally went into Ford and took a look at the organization as a whole. He shifted the focus to the consumer and recognized the importance of delivering quality products and services. Mulally honored the heritage of the company and used Ford's identity as a strength to reinvigorate a culture. If you need to enact change in your company without losing its values, this book will be perfect to pull inspiration and tactics from."
--Kevin Klock, president and CEO of beverage company Talking Rain
21. Double Your Profits in 6 Months or Less by Bob Fifer
"This book was the most impactful on my career. Other than a small section on technology (that I don't fully agree with), the book is a blueprint for how an effective and efficient business should be run. Fifer's teachings are ingrained in nearly all of TransPerfect's business systems, and he has personally come and participated in training conferences with our senior management team."
--Phil Shawe, co-CEO and founder of TransPerfect, a translation and content management company
22. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
"I read this book when it was first published and I was a first-time CEO at Cobalt Networks. The book, which focuses on how to bridge the chasms that occur in the transition from a market solely for innovators and early adopters to one that reaches a mainstream audience, proved to be my personal manual for building disruptive companies. For those in management, marketing, and sales at B2B tech companies, this book is a must-read."
--Stephen DeWitt, CEO of Work Market, a freelance management system
23. The Wu-Tang Manual by the RZA
"There are a number of core lessons I have pulled from this book over the years. First, follow your dreams--don't chase someone else's. Wu Tang could only have happened on Staten Island, just like Godzilla could only have appeared on a remote radioactive island in Japan. No distractions, no envy. Be like ODB: There's no father to his style. Second, location matters. In an era when everyone chases careers and dollars, the Wu represented Shaolin (Staten Island)--pride of place and people, and a commitment to draw from, but built on what's strategic around you. Third, build a platform of success for others as your legacy. There have always been great rap duos (EPMD, Eric B. & Rakim, Run-D.M.C., and more), but Wu Tang was the first rap dynasty. While many companies claim to be a great place to work, we want Duo to also be a great company to have worked for, and we support our colleagues in their success at and beyond our company. Fourth, a team needs shared values and cultural contribution, not cultural fit. From Kung Fu and Bushido, to Nietzsche and Lao Tzu, the Wu drank deep from the well of history to draw wisdom from both the profound and the profane."
--Dug Song, co-founder and CEO, Duo Security, a cloud-based information security provider
24. Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers by Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie
"It provides a practical approach on how companies can drive innovation. This is something we're always focused on here at Wayfair, where employees are encouraged to share innovative and out-of-the-box ideas, test their theories, analyze data, and learn and iterate to find the best, most effective solutions."
--Brad Johnson, VP of Castlegate Fulfillment for the online home store Wayfair
25. Ten Types of Innovation by Brian Quinn, Helen Walters, Larry Keeley, and Ryan Pikkel
"The framework is organized into three categories: configuration, offering, and experience. The author uses a theatrical metaphor, backstage, to describe the configuration phase, its steps being more distant to the customer, such as the profit model, structure, and process. The experience phase is described as onstage and is more obvious to end users: brand, service, and customer engagement. This book has been a great reference for our team as we create our own Ten Types that we call the stages of Human-Centered Design, a creative approach to problem solving. And similar to the Ten Types, only when you include every important step in the process will you end with a truly innovative solution."
--Bob Niemiec, managing partner of Twisthink, a product innovation and business strategy consultancy
ByChristina DesMarais Contributor, Inc.com @salubriousdish
PUBLISHED ON: FEB 16, 2017
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2020.05.11 16:40 Soccervox What a USL D1 league might look like

TL;DR: Man with too much time on his hands goes deep down the rabbit hole on a concept this sub already didn’t seem that enthusiastic about. If you really want to skip ahead, CTRL+F “verdict” and it’ll get you there.
Two days ago, u/MrPhillyj2wns made a post asking whether USL should launch a D1 league in order to compete in Concacaf. From the top voted replies, it appears this made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.
But I’ve been at home for eight weeks and I am terribly, terribly bored.
So, I present to you this overview of what the USL pyramid might look like if Jake Edwards got a head of steam and attempted to establish a USSF-sanctioned first division. This is by no means an endorsement of such a proposal or even a suggestion that USL SHOULD do such a thing. It is merely an examination of whether they COULD.
Welcome to the Thunderdome USL Premiership
First, there are some base-level assumptions we must make in this exercise, because it makes me feel more scientific and not like a guy who wrote this on Sunday while watching the Belarusian Premier League (Go BATE Borisov!).
  1. All D1 teams must comply with known USSF requirements for D1 leagues (more on that later).
  2. MLS, not liking this move, will immediately remove all directly-owned affiliate clubs from the USL structure (this does not include hybrid ownerships, like San Antonio FC – NYCFC). This removes all MLS2 teams but will not affect Colorado Springs, Reno, RGVFC and San Antonio.
  3. The USL will attempt to maintain both the USL Championship and USL League One, with an eventual mind toward creating the pro/rel paradise that is promised in Relegations 3:16.
  4. All of my research regarding facility size and ownership net worth is correct – this is probably the biggest leap of faith we have to make, since googling “NAME net worth” and “CITY richest people” doesn’t seem guaranteed to return accurate results.
  5. The most a club can increase its available seating capacity to meet D1 requirements in a current stadium is no more than 1,500 seats (10% of the required 15,000). If they need to add more, they’ll need a new facility.
  6. Let’s pretend that people are VERY willing to sell. It’s commonly acknowledged that the USL is a more financially feasible route to owning a soccer club than in MLS (c.f. MLS-Charlotte’s reported $325 million expansion fee) and the USSF has some very strict requirements for D1 sanctioning. It becomes pretty apparent when googling a lot of team’s owners that this requirement isn’t met, so let’s assume everyone that can’t sells to people who meet the requirements.
(Known) USSF D1 league requirements:
- League must have 12 teams to apply and 14 teams by year three
- Majority owner must have a net worth of $40 million, and the ownership group must have a total net worth of $70 million. The value of an owned stadium is not considered when calculating this value.
- Must have teams located in the Eastern, Central and Pacific time zones
- 75% of league’s teams must be based in markets with at a metro population of at least 1 million people.
- All league stadiums must have a capacity of at least 15,000
The ideal club candidate for the USL Premiership will meet the population and capacity requirements in its current ground, which will have a grass playing surface. Of the USL Championship’s 27 independent/hybrid affiliate clubs, I did not find one club that meets all these criteria as they currently stand.
Regarding turf fields, the USSF does not have a formal policy regarding the ideal playing surface but it is generally acknowledged that grass is superior to turf. 6 of 26 MLS stadiums utilize turf, or roughly 23% of stadiums. We’ll hold a similar restriction for our top flight, so 2-3 of our top flight clubs can have turf fields. Seem fair?
Capacity is going to be the biggest issue, since the disparity between current requirements for the second-tier (5,000) and the first tier (15,000) is a pretty massive gap. Nice club you have there, triple your capacity and you’re onto something. As a result, I have taken the liberty of relocating certain (read: nearly all) clubs to new grounds, trying my utmost to keep those clubs in their current markets and –importantly--, ensure they play on grass surfaces.
So, let’s do a case-by-case evaluation and see if we can put together 12-14 teams that meet the potential requirements, because what else do you have to do?
For each club’s breakdown, anything that represents a chance from what is currently true will be underlined.
Candidate: Birmingham Legion FC
Location (Metro population): Birmingham, Ala. (1,151,801)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Legion Field (FieldTurf, 71,594)
Potential owner: Stephens Family (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Birmingham has a pretty strong candidacy. Having ditched the 5,000-seater BBVA Field for Legion Field, which sits 2.4 miles away, they’ve tapped into the city’s soccer history. Legion Field hosted portions of both the men’s and women’s tournaments at the 1996 Olympics, including a 3-1 U.S. loss to Argentina that saw 83,183 pack the house. The Harbert family seemed like strong ownership contenders, but since the death of matriarch Marguerite Harbert in 2015, it’s unclear where the wealth in the family is concentrated, so the Stephens seem like a better candidate. The only real knock that I can think of is that we really want to avoid having clubs play on turf, so I’d say they’re on the bubble of our platonic ideal USL Prem.
Candidate: Charleston Battery
Location (Metro population): Charleston, S.C. (713,000)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Johnson Hagood Stadium (Grass, ~14,700)
Potential owner: Anita Zucker (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Charleston’s candidacy isn’t looking great. Already disadvantaged due to its undersized metro population, a move across the Cooper River to Johnson Hagood Stadium is cutting it close in terms of capacity. The stadium, home to The Citadel’s football team, used to seat 21,000, before 9,300 seats on the eastern grandstand were torn down in 2017 to deal with lead paint that had been used in their construction. Renovation plans include adding 3,000 seats back in, which could hit 15,000 if they bumped it to 3,300, but throw in a required sale by HCFC, LLC (led by content-creation platform founder Rob Salvatore) to chemical magnate Anita Zucker, and you’ll see there’s a lot of ifs and ands in this proposal.
Candidate: Charlotte Independence
Location (Metro population): Charlotte, N.C. (2,569, 213)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Jerry Richardson Stadium (Turf, 15,314)
Potential owner: James Goodnight (reported net worth $9.1 billion)
Notes: Charlotte ticks a lot of the boxes. A move from the Sportsplex at Matthews to UNC-Charlotte’s Jerry Richardson stadium meets capacity requirements, but puts them on to the dreaded turf. Regrettably, nearby American Legion Memorial Stadium only seats 10,500, despite a grass playing surface. With a sizeable metro population (sixth-largest in the USL Championship) and a possible owner in software billionaire James Goodnight, you’ve got some options here. The biggest problem likely lies in direct competition for market share against a much better-funded MLS Charlotte side due to join the league in 2021.
Candidate: Hartford Athletic
Location (Metro population): Hartford, Conn. (1,214,295)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Pratt & Whitney Stadium (Grass, 38,066)
Potential owner: Ray Dalio (reported net worth $18.4 billion)
Notes: Okay, I cheated a bit here, having to relocate Hartford to Pratt & Whitney Stadium, which is technically in East Hartford, Conn. I don’t know enough about the area to know if there’s some kind of massive beef between the two cities, but the club has history there, having played seven games in 2019 while Dillon Stadium underwent renovations. If the group of local businessmen that currently own the club manage to attract Dalio to the table, we’re on to something.
Candidate: Indy Eleven
Location (Metro population): Indianapolis, Ind. (2,048,703)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lucas Oil Stadium (Turf, 62,421)
Potential owner: Jim Irsay (reported net worth of $3 billion)
Notes: Indy Eleven are a club that are SO CLOSE to being an ideal candidate – if it weren’t for Lucas Oil Stadium’s turf playing surface. Still, there’s a lot to like in this bid. I’m not going to lie, I have no idea what current owner and founder Ersal Ozdemir is worth, but it seems like there might be cause for concern. A sale to Irsay, who also owns the NFL Indianapolis (nee Baltimore) Colts, seems likely to keep the franchise there, rather than make a half-mile move to 14,230 capacity Victory Field where the AAA Indianapolis Indians play and expand from there.
Candidate: Louisville City FC
Location (Metro population): Louisville, Ky. (1,297,310)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Lynn Family Stadium (Grass, 14,000, possibly expandable to 20,000)
Potential owner: Wayne Hughes (reported net worth $2.8 billion)
Notes: I’m stretching things a bit here. Lynn Family stadium is currently listed as having 11,700 capacity that’s expandable to 14,000, but they’ve said that the ground could hold as many as 20,000 with additional construction, which might be enough to grant them a temporary waiver from USSF. If the stadium is a no-go, then there’s always Cardinal Stadium, home to the University of Louisville’s football team, which seats 65,000 but is turf. Either way, it seems like a sale to someone like Public Storage founder Wayne Hughes will be necessary to ensure the club has enough capital.
Candidate: Memphis 901 FC
Location (Metro population): Memphis, Tenn. (1,348,260)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Liberty Bowl Stadium (Turf, 58,325)
Potential owner: Fred Smith (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: Unfortunately for Memphis, AutoZone Park’s 10,000 seats won’t cut it at the D1 level. With its urban location, it would likely prove tough to renovate, as well. Liberty Bowl Stadium more than meets the need, but will involve the use of the dreaded turf. As far as an owner goes, FedEx founder Fred Smith seems like a good local option.
Candidate: Miami FC, “The”
Location (Metro population): Miami, Fla. (6,158,824)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Riccardo Silva Stadium (FieldTurf, 20,000)
Potential owner: Riccardo Silva (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: Well, well, well, Silva might get his wish for top-flight soccer, after all. He’s got the money, he’s got the metro, and his ground has the capacity. There is the nagging issue of the turf, though. Hard Rock Stadium might present a solution, including a capacity of 64,767 and a grass playing surface. It is worth noting, however, that this is the first profile where I didn’t have to find a new potential owner for a club.
Candidate: North Carolina FC
Location (Metro population): Durham, N.C. (1,214,516 in The Triangle)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Carter-Finley Stadium (Grass/Turf, 57,583)
Potential owner: Steve Malik (precise net worth unknown) / Dennis Gillings (reported net worth of $1.7 billion)
Notes: We have our first “relocation” in North Carolina FC, who were forced to trade Cary’s 10,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park for Carter-Finley Stadium in Durham, home of the NC State Wolfpack and 57,583 of their closest friends. The move is a whopping 3.1 miles, thanks to the close-knit hub that exists between Cary, Durham and Raleigh. Carter-Finley might be my favorite of the stadium moves in this exercise. The field is grass, but the sidelines are artificial turf. Weird, right? Either way, it was good enough for Juventus to play a friendly against Chivas de Guadalajara there in 2011. Maybe the move would be pushed for by new owner and medical magnate Dennis Gillings, whose British roots might inspire him to get involved in the Beautiful Game. Straight up, though, I couldn’t find a net worth for current owner Steve Malik, though he did sell his company MedFusion for $91 million in 2010, then bought it back for an undisclosed amount and sold it again for $43 million last November. I don’t know if Malik has the juice to meet D1 requirements, but I suspect he’s close.
Candidate: Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Location (Metro population): Pittsburgh, Penn. (2,362,453)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Heinz Field (Grass, 64,450)
Potential owner: Henry Hillman (reported net worth $2.5 billion)
Notes: I don’t know a ton about the Riverhounds, but this move in particular feels like depriving a pretty blue-collar club from its roots. Highmark Stadium is a no-go from a seating perspective, but the Steelers’ home stadium at Heinz Field would more than meet the requirements and have a grass surface that was large enough to be sanctioned for a FIFA friendly between the U.S. WNT and Costa Rica in 2015. As for an owner, Tuffy Shallenberger (first ballot owner name HOF) doesn’t seem to fit the USSF bill, but legendary Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Hillman might. I’m sure you’re asking, why not the Rooney Family, if they’ll play at Heinz Field? I’ll tell you: I honestly can’t seem to pin down a value for the family. The Steelers are valued at a little over a billion and rumors persist that Dan Rooney is worth $500 million, but I’m not sure. I guess the Rooneys would work too, but it’s a definite departure from an owner in Shallenberger who was described by one journalist as a guy who “wears boots, jeans, a sweater and a trucker hat.”
Candidate: Saint Louis FC
Location (Metro population): St. Louis, Mo. (2,807,338)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Busch Stadium (Grass, 45,494)
Potential owner: William DeWitt Jr. (reported net worth $4 billion)
Notes: Saint Louis has some weirdness in making the jump to D1. Current CEO Jim Kavanaugh is an owner of the MLS side that will begin play in 2022. The club’s current ground at West Community Stadium isn’t big enough, but perhaps a timely sale to Cardinals owner William DeWitt Jr. could see the club playing games at Busch Stadium, which has a well established history of hosting other sports like hockey, college football and soccer (most recently a U.S. WNT friendly against New Zealand in 2019). The competition with another MLS franchise wouldn’t be ideal, like Charlotte, but with a big enough population and cross marketing from the Cardinals, maybe there’s a winner here. Wacko idea: If Busch doesn’t pan out, send them to The Dome. Sure, it’s a 60k turf closed-in stadium, but we can go for that retro NASL feel and pay homage to our nation’s soccer history.
Candidate: Tampa Bay Rowdies
Location (Metro population): Tampa, Fla. (3,068,511)
Time zone: Eastern
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Raymond James Stadium (Grass, 65,518)
Potential owner: Edward DeBartolo Jr. (reported net worth $3 billion)
Notes: This one makes me sad. Despite having never been there, I see Al Lang Stadium as an iconic part of the Rowdies experience. Current owner Bill Edwards proposed an expansion to 18,000 seats in 2016, but the move seems to have stalled out. Frustrated with the city’s lack of action, Edwards sells to one-time San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who uses his old NFL connections to secure a cushy lease at the home of the Buccaneers in Ray Jay, the site of a 3-1 thrashing of Antigua and Barbuda during the United States’ 2014 World Cup Qualifying campaign.
Breather. Hey, we finished the Eastern Conference teams. Why are you still reading this? Why am I still writing it? Time is a meaningless construct in 2020 my friends, we are adrift in the void, fueled only by brief flashes of what once was and what may yet still be.
Candidate: Austin Bold FC
Location (Metro population): Austin, Texas (2,168,316)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 95,594)
Potential owner: Michael Dell (reported net worth of $32.3 billion)
Notes: Anthony Precourt’s Austin FC has some unexpected competition and it comes in the form of tech magnate Michael Dell. Dell, were he to buy the club, would be one of the richest owners on our list and could flash his cash in the new first division. Would he have enough to convince Darrel K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium (I’m not kidding, that’s its actual name) to go back to a grass surface, like it did from ’96-’08? That’s between Dell and nearly 100,000 UT football fans, but everything can be had for the right price.
Candidate: Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
Location (Metro population): Colorado Springs, Colo. (738,939)
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Falcon Stadium (FieldTurf, 46,692)
Potential owner: Charles Ergen (reported net worth $10.8 billion)
Notes: Welcome to Colorado Springs. We have hurdles. For the first time in 12 candidates, we’re back below the desired 1 million metro population mark. Colorado Springs actually plans to build a $35 million, 8,000 seat venue downtown that will be perfect for soccer, but in our timeline that’s 7,000 seats short. Enter Falcon Stadium, home of the Air Force Academy Falcons football team. Seems perfect except for the turf, right? Well, the tricky thing is that Falcon Stadium is technically on an active military base and is (I believe) government property. Challenges to getting in and out of the ground aside, the military tends to have a pretty grim view of government property being used by for-profit enterprises. Maybe Charles Ergen, founder and chairman of Dish Network, would be able to grease the right wheels, but you can go ahead and throw this into the “doubtful” category. It’s a shame, too. 6,035 feet of elevation is one hell of a home-field advantage.
Candidate: El Paso Locomotive FC
Location: El Paso, Texas
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Sun Bowl (FieldTurf, 51,500)
Potential owner: Paul Foster (reported net worth $1.7 billion)
Notes: God bless Texas. When compiling this list, I found so many of the theoretical stadium replacements were nearly serviceable by high school football fields. That’s insane, right? Anyway, Locomotive don’t have to settle for one of those, they’ve got the Sun Bowl, which had its capacity reduced in 2001 to a paltry 51,500 (from 52,000) specifically to accommodate soccer. Sure, it’s a turf surface, but what does new owner Paul Foster (who is only the 1,477th wealthiest man in the world, per Forbes) care, he’s got a team in a top league. Side note: Did you know that the Sun Bowl college football game is officially, through sponsorship, the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl? Why is it not the Frosted Flakes Sun Bowl? Why is the cereal mascot the promotional name of the football game? What are you doing, Kellogg’s?
Candidate: Las Vegas Lights FC
Location: Las Vegas, Nev. (2,227,053)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Allegiant Stadium (Grass, 61,000)
Potential owner: Sheldon Adelson (reported net worth $37.7 billion)
Notes: Sin City. You had to know that the club that once signed Freddy Adu because “why not” was going to go all out in our flashy hypothetical proposal. Thanks to my narrative control of this whole thing, they have. Adelson is the second-richest owner in the league and has decided to do everything first class. That includes using the new Raiders stadium in nearby unincorporated Paradise, Nevada, and spending boatloads on high profile transfers. Zlatan is coming back to the U.S., confirmed.
Candidate: New Mexico United
Location: Albuquerque, N.M.
Time zone: Mountain
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Isotopes Park – officially Rio Grande Credit Union Field at Isotopes Park (Grass, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Maloof Family (reported net worth $1 billion)
Notes: New Mexico from its inception went deep on the community vibe, and I’ve tried to replicate that in this bid. The home field of Rio Grande Cr---I’m not typing out the whole thing—Isotopes Park falls just within the expansion rules we set to make it to 15,000 (weird, right?) and they’ve found a great local ownership group in the Lebanese-American Maloof (formerly Maalouf) family from Las Vegas. The only thing to worry about would be the metro population, but overall, this could be one of the gems of USL Prem.
Candidate: Oklahoma City Energy FC
Location: Oklahoma City, Okla. (1,396,445)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (Grass, 13,066)
Potential owner: Harold Hamm (reported net worth $14.2 billion)
Notes: There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow and it says it’s time to change stadiums and owners to make it to D1. A sale to oil magnate Harold Hamm would give the club the finances it needs, but Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (home of the OKC Dodgers) actually falls outside of the boundary of what would meet capacity if 1,500 seats were added. Could the club pull off a move to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma – home of the Oklahoma Sooners? Maybe, but at 20 miles, this would be a reach.
Candidate: Orange County SC
Location: Irvine, Calif. (3,176, 000 in Orange County)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Angels Stadium of Anaheim (Grass, 43,250)
Potential owner: Arte Moreno (reported net worth $3.3 billion)
Notes: You’ll never convince me that Rangers didn’t choose to partner with Orange County based primarily on its name. Either way, a sale to MLB Angels owner Arte Moreno produces a fruitful partnership, with the owner choosing to play his newest club out of the existing Angels stadium in OC. Another baseball conversion, sure, but with a metro population of over 3 million and the closest thing this hypothetical league has to an LA market, who’s complaining?
Candidate: Phoenix Rising FC
Location: Phoenix, Ariz. (4,857,962)
Time zone: Arizona
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): State Farm Stadium (Grass, 63,400)
Potential owner: Ernest Garcia II (reported net worth $5.7 billion)
Notes: We’re keeping it local with new owner and used car guru Ernest Garcia II. His dad owned a liquor store and he dropped out of college, which is making me feel amazing about my life choices right now. Casino Arizona Field is great, but State Farm Stadium is a grass surface that hosted the 2019 Gold Cup semifinal, so it’s a clear winner. Throw in Phoenix’s massive metro population and this one looks like a lock.
Candidate: Reno 1868 FC
Location: Reno, Nev. (425,417)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Mackay Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: Nancy Walton Laurie (reported net worth $7.1 billion)
Notes: The Biggest Little City on Earth has some serious barriers to overcome, thanks to its low metro population. A sale to Walmart heiress Nancy Walton Laurie and 1.6 mile-move to Mackay Stadium to split space with the University of Nevada, Reno makes this bid competitive, but the turf surface is another knock against it.
Candidate: Rio Grande Valley FC
Location: Edinburg, Texas (900,304)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): McAllen Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf, 13,500 – 15,000 with expansion)
Potential owner: Alice Louise Walton (reported net worth $45 billion)
Notes: Yes, I have a second straight Walmart heiress on the list. She was the first thing that popped up when I googled “McAllen Texas richest people.” The family rivalry has spurred Walton to buy a club as well, moving them 10 miles to McAllen Memorial Stadium which, as I alluded to earlier, is a straight up high school football stadium with a full color scoreboard. Toss in an additional 1,500 seats and you’ve met the minimum, despite the turf playing surface.
Candidate: San Antonio FC
Location: San Antonio, Texas (2,550,960)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Alamodome (FieldTurf, 64,000)
Potential owner: Red McCombs (reported net worth $1.6 billion)
Notes: I wanted to keep SAFC in the Spurs family, since the franchise is valued at $1.8 billion. That said, I didn’t let the Rooneys own the Riverhounds based on the Steelers’ value and it felt wrong to change the rules, so bring on Clear Channel co-founder Red McCombs. Toyota Field isn’t viable in the first division, but for the Alamodome, which was built in 1993 in hopes of attracting an NFL franchise (and never did), San Antonio can finally claim having *a* national football league team in its town (contingent on your definition of football). Now if only we could do something about that turf…
Candidate: San Diego Loyal SC
Location: San Diego, Calif. (3,317,749)
Time zone: Pacific
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm) (Grass, 70,561)
Potential owner: Phil Mickelson (reported net worth $91 million)
Notes: Yes, golf’s Phil Mickelson. The existing ownership group didn’t seem to have the wherewithal to meet requirements, and Phil seemed to slot right in. As an athlete himself, he might be interesting in the new challenges of a top flight soccer team. Toss in a move to the former home of the chargers and you might have a basis for tremendous community support.
Candidate: FC Tulsa
Location: Tulsa, Okla. (991,561)
Time zone: Central
Stadium (playing surface, capacity): Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium (FieldTurf, 30,000)
Potential owner: George Kaiser ($10 billion)
Notes: I’m a fan of FC Tulsa’s rebrand, but if they want to make the first division, more changes are necessary. A sale to Tulsa native and one of the 100 richest men in the world George Kaiser means that funding is guaranteed. A move to Chapman Stadium would provide the necessary seats, despite the turf field. While the undersize population might be an issue at first glance, it’s hard to imagine U.S. Soccer not granting a waiver over a less than a 10k miss from the mark.
And that’s it! You made it. Those are all of the independent/hybrid affiliates in the USL Championship, which means that it’s time for our…
VERDICT: As an expert who has studied this issue for almost an entire day now, I am prepared to pronounce which USL Championships could be most ‘ready” for a jump to the USL Prem. A reminder that of the 27 clubs surveyed, 0 of them met our ideal criteria (proper ownership $, metro population, 15,000+ stadium with grass field).
Two of them, however, met almost all of those criteria: Indy Eleven and Miami FC. Those two clubs may use up two of our three available turf fields right from the outset, but the other factors they hit (particularly Silva’s ownership of Miami) makes them difficult, if not impossible to ignore for the top flight.
But who fill in the rest of the slots? Meet the entire 14-team USL Premier League:
Hartford Athletic
Indy Eleven
Louisville City FC
Miami FC
North Carolina FC
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC
Tampa Bay Rowdies
Saint Louis FC
San Antonio FC
New Mexico United
Phoenix Rising FC
Las Vegas Lights FC
Orange County SC
San Diego Loyal SC
Now, I shall provide my expert rationale for each club’s inclusion/exclusion, which can be roughly broken down into four categories.
Firm “yes”
Hartford Athletic: It’s a good market size with a solid stadium. With a decent investor and good community support, you’ve got potential here.
Indy Eleven: The turf at Lucas Oil Stadium is no reason to turn down a 62,421 venue and a metro population of over 2 million.
Louisville City FC: Why doesn’t the 2017 & 2018 USL Cup champion deserve a crack at the top flight? They have the market size, and with a bit of expansion have the stadium at their own SSS. LCFC, you’re in.
Miami FC, “The”: Our other blue-chip recruit on the basis of ownership value, market size and stadium capacity. Yes, that field is turf, but how could you snub Silva’s chance to claim victory as the first division 1 club soccer team to play in Miami?
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Pittsburgh sacrificed a lot to be here (according to my arbitrary calculations). Their market size and the potential boon of soccer at Heinz Field is an important inclusion to the league.
Saint Louis FC: Willie hears your “Busch League” jokes, Willie don’t care. A huge market size, combined with the absence of an NFL franchise creates opportunity. Competition with the MLS side, sure, but St. Louis has serious soccer history and we’re willing to bet it can support two clubs.
Tampa Bay Rowdies: With a huge population and a massive stadium waiting nearby, Tampa Bay seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up for the USL Prem.
Las Vegas Lights FC: Ostentatious, massive and well-financed, Las Vegas Lights FC is everything that the USL Premier League would need to assert that it didn’t intend to play second fiddle to MLS. Players will need to be kept on a short leash, but this is a hard market to pass up on.
Phoenix Rising FC: Huge population, big grass field available nearby and a solid history of success in recent years. No brainer.
San Diego Loyal SC: New club? Yes, massive population in a market that recently lost an absolutely huge sports presence? Also yes. This could be the USL Prem’s Seattle.
Cautious “yes”
New Mexico United: You have to take a chance on New Mexico United. The club set the league on fire with its social media presence and its weight in the community when it entered the league last season. The market may be slightly under USSF’s desired 1 million, but fervent support (and the ability to continue to use Isotopes Park) shouldn’t be discounted.
North Carolina FC: Carter-Finley’s mixed grass/turf surface is a barrier, to be sure, but the 57,000+ seats it offers (and being enough to offset other fully-turf offerings) is enough to put it in the black.
Orange County SC: It’s a top-tier club playing in a MLB stadium. I know it seems unlikely that USSF would approve something like that, but believe me when I say “it could happen.” Orange County is a massive market and California likely needs two clubs in the top flight.
San Antonio FC: Our third and only voluntary inclusion to the turf fields in the first division, we’re counting on San Antonio’s size and massive potential stadium to see it through.
Cautious “no”
Birmingham Legion FC: The town has solid soccer history and a huge potential venue, but the turf playing surface puts it on the outside looking in.
Memphis 901 FC: Like Birmingham, not much to dislike here outside of the turf playing surface at the larger playing venue.
Austin Bold FC: See the other two above.
FC Tulsa: Everything’s just a little bit off with this one. Market’s slightly too small, stadium has turf. Just not enough to put it over the top.
Firm “no”
Charleston Battery: Small metro and a small potential new stadium? It’s tough to say yes to the risk.
Charlotte Independence: A small new stadium and the possibility of having to compete with an organization that just paid over $300 million to join MLS means it’s best for this club to remain in the USL Championship.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: When a club’s best chance to meet a capacity requirement is to host games at a venue controlled by the military, that doesn’t speak well to a club’s chances.
El Paso Locomotive FC: An undersized market and a turf field that meets capacity requirements is the death knell for this one.
Oklahoma City Energy FC: Having to expand a baseball field to meet requirements is a bad start. Having to potentially play 20 miles away from your main market is even worse.
Reno 1868 FC: Population nearly a half-million short of the federation’s requirements AND a turf field at the hypothetical new stadium makes impossible to say yes to this bid.
Rio Grande Valley FC: All the seat expansions in the world can’t hide the fact that McAllen Memorial Stadium is a high school stadium through and through.
Here’s who’s left in the 11-team Championship:
Birmingham Legion FC
Charleston Battery
Charlotte Independence
Memphis 901 FC
Austin Bold FC
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
El Paso Locomotive FC
Oklahoma City Energy FC
Reno 1868 FC
Rio Grande Valley FC
FC Tulsa
With MLS folding the six affiliates it has in USL League One, the league is a little bit thin (especially considering USSF’s requirements for 8 teams for lower level leagues), but seems definitely able to expand up to the necessary numbers with Edwards’ allusions to five new additions this year:
Chattanooga Red Wolves SC
Forward Madison FC
Greenville Triumph SC
Union Omaha
Richmond Kickers
South Georgia Tormenta
FC Tucson
Format of Assorted Leagues – This (like everything in this post) is pure conjecture on my part, but here are my thoughts on how these leagues might function in a first year while waiting for additional expansion.
USL Premier – We’ll steal from the 12-team Scottish Premiership. Each club plays the other 11 clubs 3 times, with either one or two home matches against each side. When each club has played 33 matches, the top six and bottom six separate, with every club playing an additional five matches (against each other team in its group). The top club wins the league. The bottom club is automatically relegated. The second-bottom club will enter a two-legged playoff against someone (see below) from the championship playoffs.
USL Championship -- 11 clubs is a challenge to schedule for. How about every club plays everyone else three times (either one or two home matches against each side)? Top four clubs make the playoffs, which are decided by two-legged playoffs. The winner automatically goes up. I need feedback on the second part – is it better to have the runner-up from the playoffs face the second-bottom club from the Premiership, or should the winner of the third-place match-up get the chance to face them to keep drama going in both playoff series? As for relegation, we can clearly only send down the last place club while the third division is so small.
USL League One – While the league is so small, it doesn’t seem reasonable to have the clubs play as many matches as the higher divisions. Each club could play the other six clubs four times – twice at home and twice away – for a very equitable 24-match regular season, which would help restrict costs and still provide a chance to determine a clear winner. Whoever finishes top of the table goes up.
And there you have it, a hypothetical look at how the USL could build a D1 league right now. All it would take is a new stadium for almost the entire league and new owners for all but one of the 27 clubs, who wouldn’t feel that their property would be massively devalued if they got relegated.
Well that’s our show. I’m curious to see what you think of all of this, especially anything that you think I may have overlooked (I’m sure there’s plenty). Anyway, I hope you’re all staying safe and well.
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