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Sports Talk / The 10 Greatest Running Backs in NFL History
« on: September 30, 2017, 04:53:31 pm »
10) Marshall Faulk (HOF Class of 2011)

Faulk was the centerpiece of the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf,” an offensive unit that will go down in NFL history as one of the best ever. Unquestionably the greatest pass catching running back of all-time, Faulk averaged 63 catches per season throughout his Hall of Fame career. While his hands made him special, his legs didn’t disappoint either. Faulk tallied seven 1,000-yard seasons and finished the 1999 season with over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving (only 1 of 2 players to ever accomplish both in the same season).

9) LaDainian Tomlinson (HOF Eligible in 2017)

In his final two collegiate seasons at TCU, Tomlinson posted videogame statistics — rushing for over 4,200 yards and scoring 42 touchdowns. Critics suggested his success was a product of TCU’s option system, and claimed he wouldn’t transition well to the pro game. Boy, were they wrong! In his first 8 NFL seasons, Tomlinson posted over 1,500 yards of total offense. Similar to Faulk, Tomlinson’s excellent receiving skills made him a dual threat, which placed a heavy burden on defensive players and coordinators. As if that wasn’t enough, Tomlinson was also a threat to pass on occasion, throwing 7 touchdowns during his years with the Chargers.

8 ) Tony Dorsett (HOF Class of 1994)

Leading up to the 1977 draft, the Dallas Cowboys traded up for the 2nd overall pick which they wisely used to select legendary running back Tony Dorsett. Dorsett topped the 1,000-yard mark in eight of his first nine seasons, finishing his career with 12,739 yards. Dorsett’s most memorable play as a pro came in 1983 when he ran 99-yards for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings (NFL record). What most people do not know is the Cowboys only had 10 players on the field for that play. The missing player was Dorsett’s fullback, Ron Springs.

7) Eric Dickerson (HOF Class of 1999)

Dickerson was a hard player to miss — besides being physically imposing (6-foot-3 and 220 pounds) — he sported a Jheri curl, signature goggles, and more pads than any player in NFL history. Set in 1984, Dickerson still owns the single-season record of 2,105 rushing yards. Over his 11-year career, Dickerson totaled 13,259 rushing yards.

6) Gale Sayers (HOF Class of 1977)

After being drafted by the Bears in 1965, Sayers immediately took the NFL by storm. In his rookie season (14 games) Sayers scored 22 touchdowns and totaled 2,272 all-purpose yards (NFL records at the time). In perhaps the most memorable of his career, Sayers scored six touchdowns in a single game against the 49ers. Unfortunately, multiple knee injuries limited Sayers to just 68 career games. If not for the injuries, NFL experts believe Sayers would have easily finished as one of the top players in League history — regardless of position.

5) O.J. Simpson (HOF Class of 1985)

Simpson was the first back in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season — going for 2,003 in 1973 — and he did so when the league played only 14 games per season! The other six backs in NFL history to surpass 2,000 yards in a single season all needed 16 games to do so. As a former track star at USC, Simpson was known for his breakaway speed. As defenders closed in, Simpson always had another gear and exploded away from any would be tacklers. Unfortunately, Simpson’s individual talent never translated into much team success. Throughout his career he played in only one playoff game.

4) Emmitt Smith (HOF Class of 2010)

The NFL’s all-time leading rusher certainly wasn’t the flashiest. Smith didn’t overwhelm defenses with speed, size, or power — his best attribute was his excellent vision. Although he didn’t possess the same talent as some of the other backs on this list, Smith made up for any physical shortcomings with his durability and toughness. Smith seemed to get stronger as the game went on, often punishing tired defenses in the fourth quarter. Smith rarely missed time due to injury. As a result of his durability, he finished his career with more rushing yards (18,355) and touchdowns (164) than any running back in NFL history.

3) Walter Payton (HOF Class of 1993)

In 1975, exactly 10 years after selecting Gale Sayers with the 4th overall pick in the draft, the Chicago Bears selected another all-time great running back with the 4th pick. For those NFL fans who never had the pleasure of watching Walter Payton, his famous nickname “Sweetness” described his personality off the field — Payton was anything but sweet on the gridiron. Payton was a bruising runner who refused to run out of bounds, and punished defenders until the whistle blew. As physical as he played, Payton missed just one game during his 13-year career.

2) Barry Sanders (HOF Class of 2004)

Undoubtedly the most electric player in NFL history, Sanders was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the ball. Sanders possessed a unique combination of quickness, elusiveness, and strength that may never been seen again. Despite playing behind a weak offensive line on a struggle team, Sanders still managed to become the first back in history to notch five 1,500-yard seasons. Frustrated with management and their inability to surround him with better players — which often lead to defenses ganging up on him — Sanders shocked the NFL community and retired in 1998 at the age of 30.

1) Jim Brown (HOF Class of 1971)

At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Jim Brown was a man amongst boys. Brown was bigger, faster, and stronger than the competition. He was too fast to be tackled by lineman and linebackers, and too strong to be taken down by defensive backs. During his nine seasons in the NFL (1957-1965), Brown claimed eight rushing titles and walked away from the league as the owner of every significant record. Although several backs have surpassed Brown in the record books, fans must remember that when Brown played, the regular season was 12 games long from 1957-1960 and 14 games from 1961-1965. In terms of per game production, Brown ranks #1 in NFL history with an impressive 104.3 yards per game — a record that has stood since he retired in 1965.

Hudlin TV / Marvel's Inhumans
« on: September 30, 2017, 02:18:59 pm »

'My life is over': Man who attended Charlottesville neo-Nazi rally forced to move away after being identified
Lucy Pasha-Robinson, The Independent

A man who attended the white supremacist march in Charlottesville has told how his “life is over” after being publicly identified.

Jarrod Kuhn was identified as a “nazi” after an anti-fascist group posted 250 fliers around the Honeoye Falls area of New York in the aftermath of the Virginia bloodshed that left three people dead.

The flier claimed Mr Kuhn is a “leading figure with the Daily Stormer, an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities,” according to the Livingston County news.

Mr Kuhn confirmed he attended the Charlottesville rally but strongly denied being a “neo-nazi”, claiming it was a “crazy assertion”.

“I’m not a neo-Nazi. I don’t belong to a German workers’ party from 1933,” he told the paper. “... I’m a moderate Republican.”

Mr Kuhn said he only travelled to Virginia to protest the removal of the Robert E Lee statue, which became the centre point of the deadly violence in the town. But he said being publicly identified has ruined his life and that his family had received death threats.

“I can’t live in this community anymore. I’m in the process of figuring out what I’m going to do,” he said. “I’m 21 years old and now my life is over in this area.”

But former friends of his took to social media to denounce him, claiming he had been bragging about his beliefs.

It comes after online vigilantes called for users to publicly identify members of the Virginia rally, the largest of its kind in over a decade.

Logan Smith, who runs the Twitter account, Yes, You’re Racist, launched a campaign to “out” potential nazis. But the controversial posts provoked a mixed reaction.

While some support his efforts, others have warned of the dangers of doxxing - the act of sharing someone's personal information, usually a phone number or address, online.

He also sparked controversy after incorrectly naming a number of innocent people who were not involved in the white nationalist demonstrations.

Other Comics / Spirit of Vengeance
« on: July 25, 2017, 04:41:06 pm »

Sports Talk / Mayweather vs McGregor
« on: July 12, 2017, 03:52:17 pm »
Most calls it a money grab but I believe Conor McGregor's $#!t talking can't save his teeth.  Not gonna go pass 4 rounds probably.

General Discussion / The Hudlin 100 (SFW Edition)
« on: July 10, 2017, 03:37:36 pm »

Acting / 'True Blood' Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39
« on: July 08, 2017, 02:43:55 pm »

"He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."
Nelsan Ellis, the actor who starred in HBO's True Blood as Lafayette Reynolds, has died, his manager Emily Gerson Saines, told The Hollywood Reporter.

He was 39.

"Nelsan has passed away after complications with heart failure," Saines said. "He was a great talent, and his words and presence will be forever missed."

On True Blood, Lafayette was a short order cook at Merlotte's. In the books, he was killed off, but because Ellis made him such an enjoyable character, he survived in the series.

"We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis," HBO said in a statement. "Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO."

True Blood creator, Alan Ball said: "Nelsan was a singular talent whose creativity never ceased to amaze me. Working with him was a privilege."

Other cast members took to social media to express their heartbreak.

"I don't know if I've ever seen the level of humility and kindness that came with the Magnificent Talent that Nelsan Ellis had. Miss u friend," said Sam Trammell.

"Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelsan Ellis. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and a one of a kind artist. RIP," said Joe Manganiello.

"One of the sweetest most talented men I've ever met. A terrible loss for all of us. Rest In Peace Nelsan. You will be missed. I don't know how else to put words to this terribly sad news," said Kristin Bauer.

"It was an utter privilege to work with the phenomenally talented and deeply kind soul .@OfficialNelsan I'm devastated by his untimely death," said Anna Paquin.

Ellis appeared in numerous film and TV shows, inclduing The Soloist, The Butler, Get On Up and Elementary.

Ellis was born in Harvey, Ill. He attended Thorn Ridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. He later attended Oxford University and Columbia College in Chicago, before graduating from the famed Juilliard School.

Ellis is survived by his grandmother (Alex Brown), his father (Tommie Lee Thompson) and his son (Breon Ellis). He is also survived by his siblings - Lakeeia Thomson (sister), Tommie Lee Thompson (brother), Babon Ellis (brother), Maurice Turne (brother), Tianna Thompson (sister), Shaentika Beard (sister), Yvonne Ellis (sister) and Tartheaia Thompson (aunt).

His mother, Jackie Ellis, predeceased him in death.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Jenesse Center or The Restoration Ministries Church of God and Christ.
HBO echoed Ball’s sentiments in its own statement, “We were extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Nelsan Ellis. Nelsan was a long-time member of the HBO family whose groundbreaking portrayal of Lafayette will be remembered fondly within the overall legacy of True Blood. Nelsan will be dearly missed by his fans and all of us at HBO.”

Most recently, Ellis joined the season five cast of “Elementary,” playing Shinwell Johnson, a former drug dealer (and former patient of Lucy Liu’s Watson) trying to make up for his life of crim.  Shinwell, who was named for a character that appeared in the original Sherlock Holmes story, “The Illustrious Client,” died this season after infiltrating a gang known as the South Bronx Killas.

Hudlin TV / Midnight, Texas
« on: July 06, 2017, 10:52:08 am »
!$#!t aint working, cliick here


On Friday, June 16, a jury declared former Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty for the shooting and killing of 32-year-old Philando Castile. Last year, Castile was pulled over with his girlfriend and her 4-year-old daughter in the car for a broken taillight. He told the officer he was a licensed gun owner and had his weapon on him, yet when he was reaching for his wallet, Castile was fatally shot by the officer. During a recent segment of "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Noah points out why it's so bizarre that the National Rifle Association has remained silent following the verdict.

"Philando Castile wasn't just a man shot at a traffic stop," Noah said. "He was a legal gun owner whose family was in the car and who had committed no crime. At all."

Noah explains that "you would expect [the NRA] to be losing their goddamn minds about this," because "according to their rhetoric, this is everything that they stand against, right? An officer of the state depriving a citizen of his life because he was legally carrying a firearm?"

He then showed a 2014 clip of the NRA's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, adamantly defending the right for individuals to protect themselves with guns. But, for some mysterious reason, the group has remained silent since Yanez's verdict was announced. In Noah's opinion, it's no mystery - it's about race.

"It's interesting how the people who define themselves by one fundamental American right - the right to bear arms - show that once race is involved, the only right that they believe in is their right to remain silent," Noah said.

This isn't the first time Noah has discussed the fatal shootings of black men by police officers. Following the murders of Castile and Alton Sterling last year, the host discussed how divided America is: "If you're pro-Black Lives Matter, you're assumed to be anti-police. And if you're pro-police, then you surely hate black people. . . . In reality, you can be pro-cop and pro-black, which is what we should all be."

Reggie doing Valiant a Shadowman. Tell me I'm not seeing things!

The Valiant Comics cinematic universe continues to expand as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Reginald Hudlin will direct the film version of Shadowman, revising a 2012 script by J. Michael Straczynski with Salem showrunner Adam Simon.

Hudlin made a name for himself in the ’90s directing comedies like Boomerang, House Party and The Ladies Man, then shifted to television work. He’ll make a return to directing with the Thurgood Marshall biopic Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman, and he also produced Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. In addition, he has background as a comic book writer, including a run on Marvel’s “Black Panther.”

Created in 1992 by writers Jim Shooter and Steve Englehart along with artist Mike Manley, Shadowman is a saxophone player named Jack Boniface who chooses the wrong woman to go home with one night and wakes up the next morning with enhanced abilities. After taking on the mantle of “Shadowman,” Jack uses his enhanced strength, speed, regeneration ability and the ability to see in the dark to fight supernatural crime in New Orleans, including monsters, zombies, and the necromancer Master Darque. Acclaim Entertainment released several Shadowman video games in the late ’90s and early 2000s.

In the planned film, the forces of darkness are determined to claim New Orleans as their own, and Jack Boniface must accept the legacy he was born to uphold, in order to stop them. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. He must pay a high price and master his new abilities before Master Darque brings down the wall between reality and the eldritch darkness of the Deadside.

The Sean Daniel Company’s Sean Daniel and Jason Brown will produce Shadowman with Valiant Entertainment’s Dinesh Shamdasani, and the film will be developed in-house before going out to studios.

In the Valiant movie world, movement is also afoot on an Archer & Armstrong movie with Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad) attached to direct with Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) to write the film as an action comedy. It was also recently announced that Sony’s Bloodshot movie had added Dave Wilson of Blur Studios to direct, with Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (Arrival, The Thing) penning the script. Heisserer is also writing another of the Sony/Valiant features, Harbinger. It was previously reported that Sony was hoping to develop two films in the respective Bloodshot and Harbinger franchises before crossing them over with a Harbinger War feature film, though it remains to be seen if those plans remain or will in fact materialize.



Black service members are “substantially more likely” than white service members to be punished in four out of the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, according to a new study published by military advocacy group Protect Our Defenders.

Data obtained by the organization through the Freedom of Information Act revealed that black service members were as much as two and a half times more likely than their white counterparts to face court-martial or nonjudicial punishment in an average year. The disparity is notable, considering white service members make up the largest racial group in the military.

These results raise questions about about discrimination among military officials responsible for disciplining service members, Protect Our Defenders said in a press release.

Retired Col. Don Christensen, the group’s president and former chief prosecutor of the Air Force, claimed that military leaders are aware of the racial disparity and have done nothing to address it.

“Top brass has also vigorously opposed any suggestion that the commander-controlled justice system is hindered by conflicts of interest or bias and has gone to great lengths to tout the fairness of the system,” he said in a statement. “However, the military’s own data raises serious challenges to the idea that the system in its current form is capable of delivering impartial justice.”

Along with the report, Protect Our Defenders called on Congress to launch an investigation into any potential racial bias in the military’s justice system and to provide recommendations to resolve the issue.

Every military branch except the Coast Guard responded to the FOIA request for the study. Each branch provided different sets of data that spanned from 2005 to 2015, so comparing racial gaps between the service branches is difficult.

According to the analysis, data from the Air Force revealed some of the highest rates of racial disparity in the military justice system, with black airmen 71 percent more likely to face court-martial or nonjudicial punishment than white airmen.

Similarly, data from the Army showed that black soldiers were 61 percent more likely to face court martial than white soldiers. In the Marine Corps, black Marines were 32 percent more likely to be found guilty at court martial or a nonjudicial punishment proceeding.

The only complete years ― 2014 to 2015 ― provided by the Navy showed that black sailors were 40 percent more likely to be sent to court martial.

Christensen told USA Today that the military’s lack of diversity may be to blame for the apparent racial disparity.

White service members make up the largest proportion of the military at 70 percent, according to a 2015 report by the Department of Defense. Black service members make up 17 percent of the military force. Those proportions are similar for active-duty officers: 77.2 percent of officers are white while 9.1 percent are black, according to the 2015 report.

“If you look at the leadership of military it skews very dramatically white and male and you would imagine that the closer relationships will be with white male subordinates,” Christensen told USA Today. “Hence they probably get the benefit of the doubt that the African American males don’t.”

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a HuffPost request for comment but a spokesman told veterans news site Task & Purpose that the Department of Defense will review Protect Our Defenders’ report.

“It is longstanding Department of Defense policy that service members must be afforded the opportunity to serve in an environment free from unlawful racial discrimination,” Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said in a statement sent to the news site.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost .


A Texas middle school where white students subjected a 12-year-old African American girl to months of racist insults failed to appropriately discipline the offenders or use the opportunity to teach tolerance, the girl’s father said.

The incidents at Tippit Middle School in Georgetown, Texas, which school officials deemed “racially harassing,” according to a report obtained by HuffPost, included students calling the girl an “ape” and a “slave” and pretending to whip her.

“It was horrifying that her friends would say and do these terrible things and not think twice about it,” Robert Ranco, a civil rights lawyer who is the girl’s father, told HuffPost. “We raised our daughter with the understanding that no one deserves to be treated badly by anybody.”

The harassment, first reported Saturday by The Austin American-Statesman, began in early March and continued until last month. Ranco said he learned of it in a May 5 text from his daughter.

“It said something to the effect of, ‘Hey dad, is it racist when people call a black person an ape?’ I asked for some context and she said they’d taken her phone, looked up pictures of apes and said that was what she looked like,” Ranco said.

That day, another student in the same class was accused of saying, “I don’t sit next to apes,” and moved his seat away from the girl.

A report authored by Principal Brian Dawson details two other times the girl was harassed by classmates:

The same female student who made the ape remarks reportedly followed [the girl] around the tennis court with a long piece of trash, pretending to whip [the girl] and saying words to the effect of, “You’re my slave now!” A few months earlier, after [the girl] pointed out a male student as the source of a lunchtime dispute, the boy reportedly said: “It wasn’t me. You’re not really going to take the word of a black person over the word of a white person, are you?”
Dawson’s report says his investigation “determined that [the girl] was a victim of more than one incident of racially harassing conduct from classmates on May 5, 2017, and also in the two incidents in March.”

The students involved in the “substantiated misbehavior” were disciplined in accordance with the school’s code of conduct, according to Dawson’s report. The report doesn’t elaborate on the discipline, except to say that school officials “provided additional re-teaching” to the offenders.

The school is part of the Georgetown ISD school district. During the 2016 school year, there were reportedly 838 students in attendance, with 4.1 percent of the student population identifying as African American." />
Ranco said Dawson told him the harassment did not amount to bullying.

“He said they didn’t determine that she had a belief that she was in physical danger, so they did not feel it was bullying,” Ranco said.

The father said school administrators also refused to tell him how the students – most of whom are his daughter’s teammates on the school tennis team ― were disciplined.

“We’re in the dark and probably the most hurtful thing was right afterward, when my daughter had to play next to these girls in a tennis match,” Ranco said. “She had to watch them run around laughing, giggling and having fun like nothing they did was wrong.”

Suzanne Marchman, the school district director of community engagement and communications, told HuffPost the behavior of the students was inappropriate and unacceptable.

“In addition to other disciplinary measures, [the] students involved were counseled regarding their behavior, were required to complete relevant ‘No Place for Hate’ lessons, and complete community service,” Marchman said in an email.

Ranco said he’s not satisfied with that explanation.

“Those are words,” he said. “It’s hard to know exactly what happened. One thing I know didn’t happen was they didn’t turn this into a learning opportunity for everyone involved. I can excuse children for being ignorant, but this was a missed opportunity in that we all should’ve been able to sit down and talk about it.”

Ranco’s daughter will attend a different school next year. He said his family took a much different approach when they addressed the abuse at home.

“We told her these kids learned it at home, the school got it wrong and she didn’t deserve be treated like that,” he said. “Now we move on from here.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost .


Actor Winston Duke is set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as M’Baku AKA Man-Ape in ‘Black Panther’ – and this won’t be the last we see of him.

IMDb’s Twitter feed just announced that Duke will reprise his role in the eagerly-anticipated ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ the all-encompassing epic that the entire MCU has been building toward.

This news comes on top of recent reports that another ‘Black Panther’ actor, Letitia Wright, will appear alongside Boseman in ‘Avengers: Infinity War.’ All of this goes some way to support rumours that the events of ‘Black Panther’ will play a big part in setting the scene for ‘Infinity War.’

This will mark only the second big screen credit for Duke, who appeared in TV’s ‘Person of Interest,’ ‘The Messengers’ and ‘Modern Family’ prior to his casting in ‘Black Panther.’ Chadwick Boseman debuted the role in 2016’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ and will take the lead in the 2018 movie from ‘Creed’ director Ryan Coogler.

In the ‘Black Panther’ comics, M’Baku is the brother of Boseman’s T’Challa, who adopts the mantle of Man-Ape and leads the savage White Gorilla Cult in a bid to take the throne of Wakanda for his own. It’s not hard to detect a bit of a Loki vibe at play – but where Hiddleston’s brother of Thor is all sly wit, Man-Ape is sheer brute strength.

Boseman, Duke and Wright join an already sizeable ensemble boasting just about every major Marvel character, including the combined casts of the ‘Avengers’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ movies, plus Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. It is also anticipated that the film may see Brie Larson make her debut as Captain Marvel.

‘Black Panther’ opens in UK cinemas on 16 February 2018, with Avengers: Infinity War’ arriving shortly thereafter on 27 April.

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