Ex-NBA ref pleads guilty in betting scandal - CNN.com

an absolutely terrible sequence by the refs at the end of Knicks-Grizzlies

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Mockingbird X.0

Imagine if there was one desk that all stories could cross so that, at 4am, a media plan could be decided upon and disseminated where all news outlets coordinated to set the goalposts of debate and hyper focused on specific issues to drive a narrative to control how you vote and how you spend money; where Internet shills were given marching orders in tandem to what was shown on television, printed in newspapers and spread throughout articles on the World Wide Web.
In the past, we had Operation Mockingbird, where the program was supremely confident that it could control stories around the world, even in instructions to cover up any story about a possible “Yeti” sighting, should it turn out they were real.
If, in 1959, the government was confident in its ability to control a story about a Yeti, then what is their level of confidence in controlling stories, today?
In fact, we have a recent example of a situation similar to the Yeti. When Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch met on the TARMAC to spike the Hillary email investigation, the FBI was so confident it wasn’t them, that their entire focus was finding the leaker, starting with searching within the local PD. We have documentation that demonstrates the state of mind of the confidence the upper levels of the FBI have when dealing with the media.
The marriage between mainstream media and government is a literal one and this arrangement is perfectly legal.
But, this problem extends far beyond politics; the private sector, the scientific community, even advice forums are shilled heavily. People are paid to cause anxiety, recommend people break up and otherwise sow depression and nervousness. This is due to a correlating force that employs “systems psychodynamics”, focusing on “tension centered” strategies to create “organizational paradoxes” by targeting people’s basic assumptions about the world around them to create division and provide distraction.
In this day and age, it is even easier to manage these concepts and push a controlled narrative from a central figure than it has ever been. Allen & Co is a “boutique investment firm” that managed the merger between Disney and Fox and operates as an overseeing force for nearly all media and Internet shill armies, while having it’s fingers in sports, social media, video games, health insurance, etc.
Former director of the CIA and Paul Brennan’s former superior George Tenet, holds the reigns of Allen & Co. The cast of characters involves a lot of the usual suspects.
In 1973, Allen & Company bought a stake in Columbia Pictures. When the business was sold in 1982 to Coca-Cola, it netted a significant profit. Since then, Herbert Allen, Jr. has had a place on Coca-Cola's board of directors.
Since its founding in 1982, the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference has regularly drawn high-profile attendees such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Barry Diller, Michael Eisner, Oprah Winfrey, Robert Johnson, Andy Grove, Richard Parsons, and Donald Keough.
Allen & Co. was one of ten underwriters for the Google initial public offering in 2004. In 2007, Allen was sole advisor to Activision in its $18 billion merger with Vivendi Games. In 2011, the New York Mets hired Allen & Co. to sell a minority stake of the team. That deal later fell apart. In November 2013, Allen & Co. was one of seven underwriters on the initial public offering of Twitter. Allen & Co. was the adviser of Facebook in its $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp in February 2014.
In 2015, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Time Warner in its $80 billion 2015 merger with Charter Communications, AOL in its acquisition by Verizon, Centene Corporation in its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, and eBay in its separation from PayPal.
In 2016, Allen & Co was the lead advisor to Time Warner in its $108 billion acquisition by AT&T, LinkedIn for its merger talks with Microsoft, Walmart in its $3.3 billion purchase of Jet.com, and Verizon in its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo!. In 2017, Allen & Co. was the advisor to Chewy.com in PetSmart’s $3.35 billion purchase of the online retailer.
Allen & Co throws the Sun Valley Conference every year where you get a glimpse of who sows up. Harvey Weinstein, though a past visitor, was not invited last year.
Previous conference guests have included Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren and Susan Buffett, Tony Blair, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Allen alumnus and former Philippine Senator Mar Roxas, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Quicken Loans Founder & Chairman Dan Gilbert, Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang, financier George Soros, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch, eBay CEO Meg Whitman, BET founder Robert Johnson, Time Warner Chairman Richard Parsons, Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, NBA player LeBron James, Professor and Entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun, Governor Chris Christie, entertainer Dan Chandler, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post, Diane Sawyer, InterActiveCorp Chairman Barry Diller, Linkedin co-founder Reid Hoffman, entrepreneur Wences Casares, EXOR and FCA Chairman John Elkann, Sandro Salsano from Salsano Group, and Washington Post CEO Donald E. Graham, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, and Oprah Winfrey.
George Tenet, with the reigns of Allen & Co in his hands, is able to single-handedly steer the entire Mockingbird apparatus from cable television to video games to Internet shills from a singular location determining the spectrum of allowable debate. Not only are they able to target people’s conscious psychology, they can target people’s endocrine systems with food and pornography; where people are unaware, on a conscious level, of how their moods and behavior are being manipulated.
"The problem with George Tenet is that he doesn't seem to care to get his facts straight. He is not meticulous. He is willing to make up stories that suit his purposes and to suppress information that does not."
"Sadly but fittingly, 'At the Center of the Storm' is likely to remind us that sometimes what lies at the center of a storm is a deafening silence."
Tenet joined President-elect Bill Clinton's national security transition team in November 1992. Clinton appointed Tenet Senior Director for Intelligence Programs at the National Security Council, where he served from 1993 to 1995. Tenet was appointed Deputy Director of Central Intelligence in July 1995. Tenet held the position as the DCI from July 1997 to July 2004. Citing "personal reasons," Tenet submitted his resignation to President Bush on June 3, 2004. Tenet said his resignation "was a personal decision and had only one basis—in fact, the well-being of my wonderful family—nothing more and nothing less. In February 2008, he became a managing director at investment bank Allen & Company.
We have the documentation that demonstrates what these people could possibly be doing with all of these tools of manipulation at their fingertips.
The term for it is “covert political action” for which all media put before your eyes is used to serve as a veneer… a reality TV show facade of a darker modus operandum.
It is now clear that we are facing an implacable enemy whose avowed objective is world domination by whatever means and at whatever costs. There are no rules in such a game. Hitherto acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply. If the US is to survive, longstanding American concepts of "fair play" must be reconsidered. We must develop effective espionage and counterespionage services and must learn to subvert, sabotage and destroy our enemies by more clever, more sophisticated means than those used against us. It may become necessary that the American people be made acquainted with, understand and support this fundamentally repugnant philosophy.
Intelligence historian Jeffrey T. Richelson says the S.A. has covered a variety of missions. The group, which recently was reorganized, has had about 200 officers, divided among several groups: the Special Operations Group; the Foreign Training Group, which trains foreign police and intelligence officers; the Propaganda and Political Action Group, which handles disinformation; the Computer Operations Group, which handles information warfare; and the Proprietary Management Staff, which manages whatever companies the CIA sets up as covers for the S.A.
Scientology as a CIA Political Action Group – “It is a continuing arrangement…”: https://mikemcclaughry.wordpress.com/2015/08/25/scientology-as-a-cia-political-action-group-it-is-a-continuing-arrangement/
…Those operations we inaugurated in the years 1955-7 are still secret, but, for present purposes, I can say all that’s worth saying about them in a few sentences – after, that is, I offer these few words of wisdom. The ‘perfect’ political action operation is, by definition, uneventful. Nothing ‘happens’ in it. It is a continuing arrangement, neither a process nor a series of actions proceeding at a starting point and ending with a conclusion.
CIA FBI NSA Personnel Active in Scientology: https://i.imgur.com/acu2Eti.png
When you consider the number of forces that can be contained within a single “political action group” in the form on a “boutique investment firm,” where all sides of political arguments are predetermined by a selected group of actors who have been planted, compromised or leveraged in some way in order to control the way they spin their message.
The evidence of this coordinated effort is overwhelming and the “consensus” that you see on TV, in sports, in Hollywood, in the news and on the Internet is fabricated.
Under the guise of a fake account a posting is made which looks legitimate and is towards the truth is made - but the critical point is that it has a VERY WEAK PREMISE without substantive proof to back the posting. Once this is done then under alternative fake accounts a very strong position in your favour is slowly introduced over the life of the posting. It is IMPERATIVE that both sides are initially presented, so the uninformed reader cannot determine which side is the truth. As postings and replies are made the stronger 'evidence' or disinformation in your favour is slowly 'seeded in.'
Thus the uninformed reader will most likely develop the same position as you, and if their position is against you their opposition to your posting will be most likely dropped. However in some cases where the forum members are highly educated and can counter your disinformation with real facts and linked postings, you can then 'abort' the consensus cracking by initiating a 'forum slide.'
When you find yourself feeling like common sense and common courtesy aren’t as common as they ought to be, it is because there is a massive psychological operation controlled from the top down to ensure that as many people as possible are caught in a “tension based” mental loop that is inflicted on them by people acting with purpose to achieve goals that are not in the interest of the general population, but a method of operating in secret and corrupt manner without consequences.
Notice that Jeffrey Katzenberg, of Disney, who is intertwined with Allen & Co funds the Young Turks. He is the perfect example of the relationship between media and politics.
Katzenberg has also been involved in politics. With his active support of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, he was called "one of Hollywood's premier political kingmakers and one of the Democratic Party's top national fundraisers."
With cash from Jeffrey Katzenberg, The Young Turks looks to grow paid subscribers:
Last week, former DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile entertainment company WndrCo was part of a $20 million funding round in TYT Network, which oversees 30 news and commentary shows covering politics, pop culture, sports and more. This includes the flagship “The Young Turks” program that streams live on YouTube every day. Other investors in the round included venture capital firms Greycroft Partners, E.ventures and 3L Capital, which led the round. This brings total funding for Young Turks to $24 million.
How Hollywood's Political Donors Are Changing Strategies for the Trump Era:
Hollywood activism long has been depicted as a club controlled by a handful of powerful white men: Katzenberg, Spielberg, Lear, David Geffen, Haim Saban and Bob Iger are the names most often mentioned. But a new generation of power brokers is ascendant, including J.J. Abrams and his wife, Katie McGrath, cited for their personal donations and bundling skills; Shonda Rhimes, who held a get-out-the-vote rally at USC's Galen Center on Sept. 28 that drew 10,000 people; CAA's Darnell Strom, who has hosted events for Nevada congresswoman Jacky Rosen and Arizona congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema; and former Spotify executive Troy Carter, who held three fundraisers for Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous (Carter also was a fundraiser for President Obama).
Soros Group Buys Viacom's DreamWorks Film Library:
Viacom, after splitting off from Les Moonves Les Moonves ' CBS , still holds Paramount Pictures, and that movie studio in December agreed to acquire DreamWorks SKG, the creative shop founded by the Hollywood triumvirate of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg (a former exec at The Walt Disney Co.). DreamWorks Animation had been spun off into a separate company.
Now it's time for Freston to make back some money--and who better to do a little business with than George Soros? The billionaire financier leads a consortium of Soros Strategic Partners LP and Dune Entertainment II LLC, which together are buying the DreamWorks library--a collection of 59 flicks, including Saving Private Ryan, Gladiator, and American Beauty.
The money you spend on media and junk food and in taxes goes to these groups who then decide how best to market at you so that they decide how you vote by creating a fake consensus to trick into thinking that you want something other than what is best for you; but will inevitably result in more money being funneled to the top, creating further separation between the super rich and the average person. The goal will be to assert creeping authoritarianism by generating outrage against policies and issues they hate. Part of manipulating your basic assumptions is also to use schadenfreude (think canned laughter on TV) against characters who support the cause that might actually do you the most good (which reaffirms and strengthens your confirmation biased along predetermined political lines).
We have a population being taught to hate socialism and love capitalism when the truth is no country is practicing either. These terms are merely disguises for political oligarchies where the collection of wealth is less about getting themselves rich and more about keeping everyone else poor.
What can you guess about the world around you if it turned out that every consensus that was forced on you was fake?
How much money would it take to make it look like 51% of the Internet believed in completely idiotic ideas? Combine shill operations with automation and AI’s, and the cost becomes a good investment relative to the return when measured in political power.
Even the people who are well intentioned and very vocal do not have to consciously be aware that they are working for a political action group. A covert political group will always prefer an unwitting tool to help push their agenda, so that they can remain in the shadows.
FDA Admonishes Drug Maker Over Kim Kardashian Instagram Endorsement https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidkroll/2015/08/11/fda-spanks-drug-maker-over-kim-kardashian-instagram-endorsement/#25174a29587b
The OSS files offer details about other agents than famous chef, Julia Child; including Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, major league catcher Moe Berg, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., and actor Sterling Hayden. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/26186498/ns/us_news-security/t/julia-child-cooked-double-life-spy/
USA Today: Businesses and organizations may refer to it as a tool for competitive advantage and marketing; but make no mistake http://archive.is/37tK3
Shareblue accounts caught in /politics posting links to Shareblue without disclosing their affiliation http://archive.is/7HAkr
Psy Group developed elaborate information operations for commercial clients and political candidates around the world http://archive.is/BBblQ
Top mod of /Mechanical_Gifs tries to sell subreddit on ebay for 999.00 dollars. http://archive.is/kU1Ly
Shill posts picture of a dog in a hammock with the brand clearly visible without indicating that it's an ad in the title of the post http://archive.is/Mfdk9
Arstechnica: GCHQs menu of tools spreads disinformation across Internet- “Effects capabilities” allow analysts to twist truth subtly or spam relentlessly. http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/ghcqs-chinese-menu-of-tools-spread-disinformation-across-internet/
Samsung Electronics Fined for Fake Online Comments http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/24/samsung-electronics-fined-for-fake-online-comments/?_r=0
Discover Magazine: Researchers Uncover Twitter Bot Army That’s 350 http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/01/20/twitter-bot-army/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20DiscoverTechnology%20%28Discover%20Technology%29#.WIMl-oiLTnA
Times of Israel - The internet: Israel’s new PR battlefield http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/the-rise-of-digital-diplomacy-could-be-changing-israels-media-image/
Time: Social Media Manipulation? When “Indie” Bloggers and Businesses Get Cozy http://business.time.com/2013/04/22/social-media-manipulation-when-indie-bloggers-and-businesses-get-cozy/
Content-Driven Detection of Campaigns in Social Media [PDF] http://faculty.cs.tamu.edu/caverlee/pubs/lee11cikm.pdf
the law preventing them from using this in America was repealed http://foreignpolicy.com/2013/07/14/u-s-repeals-propaganda-ban-spreads-government-made-news-to-americans/
Redditor who works for a potato mailing company admits to being a shill. He shows off his 27 thousand dollars he made in /pics
Screenshot of post since it was removed. http://i.imgur.com/k9g0WF8.png
Just thought I'd contribute to this thread http://imgur.com/OpSos4u
CNN: A PR firm has revealed that it is behind two blogs that previously appeared to be created by independent supporters of Wal-Mart. The blogs Working Families for Wal-mart and subsidiary site Paid Critics are written by 3 employees of PR firm Edelman http://money.cnn.com/2006/10/20/news/companies/walmart_blogs/index.htm
Vice: Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs http://motherboard.vice.com/read/your-government-wants-to-militarize-social-media-to-influence-your-beliefs
BBC News: China's Internet spin doctors http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7783640.stm
BBC News: US plans to 'fight the net' revealed http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm
Wall Street Journal: Turkey's Government Forms 6 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424127887323527004579079151479634742?mg=reno64-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB10001424127887323527004579079151479634742.html
Fake product reviews may be pervasive http://phys.org/news/2013-07-fake-product-pervasive.html#nRlv
USA Today: The co-owner of a major Pentagon propaganda contractor publicly admitted that he was behind a series of websites used in an attempt to discredit two USA TODAY journalists who had reported on the contractor. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-05-24/Leonie-usa-today-propaganda-pentagon/55190450/1
ADWEEK: Marketing on Reddit Is Scary http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/marketing-reddit-scary-these-success-stories-show-big-potential-168278
BBC- How online chatbots are already tricking you- Intelligent machines that can pass for humans have long been dreamed of http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140609-how-online-bots-are-tricking-you
BBC news: Amazon targets 1 http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34565631
BBC: More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-37684418
Fake five-star reviews being bought and sold online - Fake online reviews are being openly traded on the internet
Bloomberg: How to Hack an Election [and influence voters with fake social media accounts] http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-how-to-hack-an-election/
"Internet Reputation Management http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2008-04-30/do-reputation-management-services-work-businessweek-business-news-stock-market-and-financial-advice
Buzzfeed: Documents Show How Russia’s Troll Army Hit America http://www.buzzfeed.com/maxseddon/documents-show-how-russias-troll-army-hit-america#.ki8Mz97ly
The Rise of Social Bots http://www.cacm.acm.org/magazines/2016/7/204021-the-rise-of-social-bots/fulltext
CBC News- Canadian government monitors online forums http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/bureaucrats-monitor-online-forums-1.906351
Chicago Tribune: Nutrition for sale: How Kellogg worked with 'independent experts' to tout cereal http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-kellogg-independent-experts-cereal-20161121-story.html
DailyKos: HBGary: Automated social media management http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/02/16/945768/-UPDATED-The-HB-Gary-Email-That-Should-Concern-Us-All
Meme Warfare Center http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tfulltext/u2/a507172.pdf
Shilling on Reddit is openly admitted to in this Forbes article http://www.forbes.com/sites/julesschroede2016/03/10/the-magic-formula-behind-going-viral-on-reddit/#1d2485b05271
Forbes: From Tinder Bots To 'Cuban Twitter' http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/04/17/from-tinder-bots-to-covert-social-networks-welcome-to-cognitive-hacking/#4b78e2d92a7d
Hivemind http://www.hivemind.cc/rank/shills
Huffington Post- Exposing Cyber Shills and Social Media's Underworld http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sam-fiorella/cyber-shills_b_2803801.html
The Independent: Massive British PR firm caught on video: "We've got all sorts of dark arts...The ambition is to drown that negative content and make sure that you have positive content online." They discuss techniques for managing reputations online and creating/maintaining 3rd-party blogs that seem independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/caught-on-camera-top-lobbyists-boasting-how-they-influence-the-pm-6272760.html
New York Times: Lifestyle Lift http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/technology/internet/15lift.html?_r=1&emc=eta1
New York Times: Give Yourself 5 Stars? Online http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/23/technology/give-yourself-4-stars-online-it-might-cost-you.html?src=me&ref=general
NY Times- From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/07/magazine/the-agency.html?_r=1
NY Times: Effort to Expose Russia’s ‘Troll Army’ Draws Vicious Retaliation http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/31/world/europe/russia-finland-nato-trolls.html?_r=1
PBS Frontline Documentary - Generation Like http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/generation-like/
Gamers promote gaming-gambling site on youtube by pretending to hit jackpot without disclosing that they own the site. They tried to retroactively write a disclosure covering their tracks http://www.pcgamer.com/csgo-lotto-investigation-uncovers-colossal-conflict-of-interest/
Raw Story: CENTCOM engages bloggers http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Raw_obtains_CENTCOM_email_to_bloggers_1016.html
Raw Story: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/02/18/revealed-air-force-ordered-software-to-manage-army-of-fake-virtual-people/
Redective http://www.redective.com/?r=e&a=search&s=subreddit&t=redective&q=shills
Salon: Why Reddit moderators are censoring Glenn Greenwald’s latest news story on shills http://www.salon.com/2014/02/28/why_reddit_moderators_are_censoring_glenn_greenwalds_latest_bombshell_partne
The Atlantic: Kim Kardashian was paid to post a selfie on Instagram and Twitter advertising a pharmaceutical product. Sent to 42 million followers on Instagram and 32 million on Twitter http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/09/fda-drug-promotion-social-media/404563/
WAR.COM: THE INTERNET AND PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS http://www.theblackvault.com/documents/ADA389269.pdf
The Guardian: Internet Astroturfing http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/libertycentral/2010/dec/13/astroturf-libertarians-internet-democracy
The Guardian: Israel ups the stakes in the propaganda war http://www.theguardian.com/media/2006/nov/20/mondaymediasection.israel
Operation Earnest Voice http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/ma17/us-spy-operation-social-networks
The Guardian: British army creates team of Facebook warriors http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jan/31/british-army-facebook-warriors-77th-brigade
The Guardian: US military studied how to influence Twitter [and Reddit] users in Darpa-funded research [2014] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/08/darpa-social-networks-research-twitter-influence-studies
The Guardian: Chinese officials flood the Chinese internet with positive social media posts to distract their population http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/20/chinese-officials-create-488m-social-media-posts-a-year-study-finds
Times of Israel: Israeli government paying bilingual students to spread propaganda online primarily to international communities without having to identify themselves as working for the government. "The [student] union will operate computer rooms for the project...it was decided to establish a permanent structure of activity on the Internet through the students at academic institutions in the country." http://www.timesofisrael.com/pmo-stealthily-recruiting-students-for-online-advocacy/
USA Today: Lord & Taylor settles FTC charges over paid Instagram posts http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2016/03/15/lord--taylor-settles-ftc-charges-over-paid-instagram-posts/81801972/
Researcher's algorithm weeds out people using multiple online accounts to spread propaganda - Based on word choice http://www.utsa.edu/today/2016/10/astroturfing.html
Wired: Powered by rapid advances in artificial intelligence http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2015/06/wired-world-2015/robot-propaganda
Wired: Clinton Staff and Volunteers Busted for Astroturfing [in 2007] http://www.wired.com/2007/12/clinton-staff-a/
Wired: Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists http://www.wired.com/2015/08/pro-government-twitter-bots-try-hush-mexican-activists/
Wired: Microsoft http://www.wired.com/2015/09/ftc-machinima-microsoft-youtube/
Wired: Military Report: Secretly ‘Recruit or Hire Bloggers’ http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2008/03/report-recruit/
Wired: Air Force Releases ‘Counter-Blog’ Marching Orders http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/01/usaf-blog-respo/
Reddit Secrets https://archive.fo/NAwBx
Reddit Secrets https://archive.fo/SCWN7
Boostupvotes.com https://archive.fo/WdbYQ
"Once we isolate key people https://archive.is/PoUMo
GCHQ has their own internet shilling program https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Threat_Research_Intelligence_Group
Russia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-sponsored_Internet_sockpuppetry
US also operates in conjunction with the UK to collect and share intelligence data https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UKUSA_Agreement
Glenn Greenwald: How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/
Glenn Greenwald: Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/07/14/manipulating-online-polls-ways-british-spies-seek-control-internet/
Here is a direct link to your image for the benefit of mobile users https://imgur.com/OpSos4u.jpg
Reddit for iPhone https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/reddit-the-official-app/id1064216828?mt=8
Why Satoshi Nakamoto Has Gone https://medium.com/@ducktatosatoshi-nakamoto-has-gone-4cef923d7acd
What I learned selling my Reddit accounts https://medium.com/@Rob79/what-i-learned-selling-my-reddit-accounts-c5e9f6348005#.u5zt0mti3
Artificial intelligence chatbots will overwhelm human speech online; the rise of MADCOMs https://medium.com/artificial-intelligence-policy-laws-and-ethics/artificial-intelligence-chatbots-will-overwhelm-human-speech-online-the-rise-of-madcoms-e007818f31a1
How Reddit Got Huge: Tons of Fake Accounts - According to Reddit cofounder Steve Huffman https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/how-reddit-got-huge-tons-of-fake-accounts--2
Whistleblower and subsequent investigation: Paid trolls on /Bitcoin https://np.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/34m7yn/professional_bitcoin_trolls_exist/cqwjdlw
Confession of Hillary Shill from /SandersForPresident https://np.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/3rncq9/confession_of_hillary_shill_from/
Why do I exist? https://np.reddit.com/DirectImageLinkerBot/wiki/index
Already a direct link? https://np.reddit.com/DirectImageLinkerBot/wiki/res_links
Here's the thread. https://np.reddit.com/HailCorporate/comments/3gl8zi/that_potato_mailing_company_is_at_it_again/
/netsec talks about gaming reddit via sockpuppets and how online discourse is (easily) manipulated. https://np.reddit.com/netsec/comments/38wl43/we_used_sock_puppets_in_rnetsec_last_year_and_are
Redditor comes clean about being paid to chat on Reddit. They work to promote a politician https://np.reddit.com/offmychest/comments/3gk56y/i_get_paid_to_chat_on_reddit/
Shill whistleblower https://np.reddit.com/politics/comments/rtr6b/a_very_interesting_insight_into_how_certain/
Russian bots were active on Reddit last year https://np.reddit.com/RussiaLago/comments/76cq4d/exclusive_we_can_now_definitively_state_that/?st=j8s7535j&sh=36805d5d
The Bush and Gore campaigns of 2000 used methods similar to the Chinese government for conducting “guided discussions” in chatrooms designed to influence citizens https://np.reddit.com/shills/comments/3xhoq8/til_the_advent_of_social_media_offers_new_routes/?st=j0o5xr9c&sh=3662f0dc
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Directorate of Operations
October 16, 1964
Subject: After action report of
Operation CUCKOO (TS)

1) Operation CUCKOO was part of the overall operation CLEANSWEEP, aimed at eliminating domestic opposition to activities undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency's special activities division, in main regard to operation GUILLOTINE.

2) Operation CUCKOO was approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense and the office of The President of the United States as a covert domestic action to be under taken within the limits of Washington D.C as outlined by Secret Executive Order 37.

3) Following the publishing of the Warren Commission, former special agent Mary Pinchot Meyer (Operation MOCKINGBIRD, Operation SIREN) also was married to Cord Meyer (Operation MOCKINGBIRD, Operation GUILLOTINE) threatened to disclose the details of several Special Activities Divisions' operations, including but not limited to, Operation SIREN and GUILLOTENE.
4) It was deemed necessary by senior Directorate of Operations members to initiate Operation CUCKOO as an extension of Operation CLEANSWEEP on November 30th. After Mary Pinchot Meyer threatened to report her knowledge of Operation GUILLOTENE and the details of her work in Operation SIREN from her affair with the former President.

5) Special Activities Division was given the green light after briefing president Johnson on the situation. The situation report was forwarded to the Department of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of staff, who both approved of the parameters of the operation, as outlined under article C of secret executive order 37 (see attached copy of article).
6) 8 members of the special activities division handpicked by operation lead William King Harvey began planning for the operation on October 3rd, with planned execution before October 16th.

7) The (?) of the operation was set as the neighborhood of Georgetown along the Potomac river, where the operators would observe, take note on routines, and eventually carry the operation.

8) After nothing Meyer's routines, Edward "Eddy" Reid was picked as the operation point man who would intersect Meyer on her walk on October 12th, with lead William King Harvey providing long range support if necessary from across the Chesapeake and Ohio canal (see illustration A for detailed map).

9) Edward Reid was planned to be dressed in the manner of a homeless black man, due to his resemblances to local trash collector (later found out to be Raymond Crump) who inhabits the AO and the path that Reid was planned to intersect Meyer.
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Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Apr. 24, 2000

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
1-3-2000 1-10-2000 1-17-2000 1-24-2000
1-31-2000 2-7-2000 2-14-2000 2-21-2000
2-28-2000 3-6-2000 3-13-2000 3-20-2000
3-27-2000 4-3-2000 4-10-2000 4-17-2000
Happy Halloween, everybody!
  • NJPW wrestler Masakazu Fukuda passed away from complications from a cerebral hemorrhage after collapsing in the ring during a match with Katsuyori Shibata. In the match, Shibata hit him with an elbow drop that he was supposed to kick out of but instead, Fukuda didn't get up and began snoring in the ring, sending officials into a panic and he was immediately rushed to the hospital. Fukuda had a history of brain issues, having suffered a similar cerebral hemorrhage last year, which led to him having brain surgery before recently returning. After being rushed to the hospital, Fukuda underwent a 2nd emergency brain surgery. All of the wrestlers and NJPW staff rushed to the hospital and pretty much the entire company stayed there all night. Shinya Hashimoto, who is off the road due to recently "retiring" heard the news at 11pm that night. He immediately got in his car and drove all night, 6 hours one way to get to the hospital. But Fukuda never regained consciousness and spent nearly 5 days in a coma before ultimately passing away. According to those who saw the match, he didn't take any hard bumps to the head or anything, no worse than any other match. But the word is both Shibata and the referee started to feel something was wrong even before Fukuda collapsed and when he didn't kick out as planned, they immediately ended the match. Tatsumi Fujinami will be a pall bearer at the funeral. It's the 13th known death of a pro wrestler in the last 20 years that happened with a wrestler collapsing during or immediately after a match, the most recent being Gary Albright. Dave recaps Fukuda's career, which isn't much since he was still a NJPW Young Lion who was just beginning. Crazy that this happened in a match with Shibata and then, 17 years later (almost to the day), Shibata is forced to retire due to a similar brain injury.
  • WWF's new TV deal announcement has been delayed because the USA Network has filed a lawsuit against WWF, Viacom, and CBS. This gets complicated so bear with me. Or just skip down to the Mike Awesome story if you want. It's your life man, don't let me tell you how to live it. By the terms of their current agreement, USA has the right to match any offer that WWF gets from another network, which would allow them to keep WWF for another 5 years. Last week, USA announced that it plans to match the offer that CBS/Viacom is making. But here's the catch: USA's right to match the offer only applies to the 4 wrestling shows (Raw, Heat, Superstars, and Livewire). The CBS/Viacom offer is for all of that, plus several other things such as XFL broadcasting rights, a $500,000 movie development fund, a 1-hour weekly drama series on UPN, a publishing joint venture with Simon & Schuster (which Viacom owns), radio specials, hosting theme park events, an equity investment in WWF stock, and more. So basically, the CBS/Viacom offer is for a lot more money, which USA doesn't want to match because they don't want all those other things. USA's lawsuit says "By tying the right of first refusal with respect to the (television series) to rights to different properties that Viacom and CBS wish to exploit. . . the 'offer' represents a transparent and unlawful attempt by WWFE, Viacom and CBS to frustrate USA's contractual rights." USA has been publicly preparing itself to lose WWF and even when they do, they will still remain the top rated cable network. But it's thought that USA may just be filing this lawsuit in order to throw a wrench into the CBS/Viacom deal. Time is ticking because fall season TV advertising sales will be starting soon and WWF and CBS/Viacom need to get this deal finalized so they can start selling ad-space. By stalling the deal at the last minute, USA might just be angling for a big cash settlement to make the lawsuit go away. Either way, doesn't sound like USA is particularly thrilled about losing WWF.
  • The situation with Mike Awesome and the ECW title took a bunch of crazy twists and turns this week and ended with a WCW wrestler facing a WWF wrestler for the ECW title in an ECW ring. As mentioned last week, ECW and WCW initially came to an agreement where WCW would pay ECW a 6-figure settlement in order to get Awesome released from his contract and there were several stipulations WCW had to follow in order for Awesome to appear on Nitro (such as him not bringing the ECW title on TV with him), and things he would do and say and what the announcers would do and say. But according to ECW, 2 of the stipulations were violated. When Awesome appeared, the WCW announcers were supposed to say that he is the ECW champion and that he had a title defense scheduled that would air Friday night on TNN. They mentioned he was ECW champion but they never plugged the TNN show. There was exact scripting for what the announcers were supposed to say and Dave has seen it. In fact, it appeared that Scott Hudson began reading from the script as he was supposed to but he was then cut off midway through by Tony Schiavone, and thus never got to the part where they plug the TNN show. Word is that was a purposeful call from someone in WCW, with those in the company saying that there was simply no way WCW was ever going to plug ECW's show on the air, especially not during the first show of the new Bischoff/Russo-era. The other stipulation is that Awesome wasn't supposed to cut a promo, which he did. All of this led to more legal threats the next day which resulted in Awesome being pulled from the Thunder tapings.
  • As for Awesome dropping the title, Heyman came up with the idea of bringing in Tazz as a surprise opponent to win the belt. Heyman called Vince McMahon who accepted the proposal Heyman laid out, which was for Tazz to win the ECW title from Awesome and then drop it a week later at another ECW show to Tommy Dreamer. Heyman even pitched the idea for Perry Saturn to do a run in during the Tazz/Dreamer match so that Tazz (a WWF guy) wouldn't have to lose clean to an ECW guy and Heyman even offered to let WWF use the footage on TV to help further the Tazz/Saturn angle they're doing. No word if that's going to happen but reportedly WWF has no issue with Tazz losing clean to anybody in ECW.
  • Anyway, the Awesome/Tazz match was nothing as a match but the back story is about as crazy as it gets. Awesome showed up to the arena with WCW head of security Doug Dillenger and never went to the ECW locker room due to concerns that he almost certainly wouldn't be welcomed kindly. When Awesome came out, he got a massive "you sold out!" chant, and then Tazz came out to a huge pop, using his full WWF gimmick. WWF music, two Z's in his name, WWF version of his nickname, etc. Tazz beat him in about 1 minute and, without selling the finish at all, Awesome jumped up, climbed over the guardrail and left the building immediately. A lot of people were surprised WCW would agree to allow Awesome to lose to a WWF wrestler, but Heyman pretty much had them by the balls here. Dave doesn't know that it was a great idea. A WWF guy now holds the ECW title, plus Tazz didn't even beat Awesome clean, Dreamer had to help, so it didn't even do a good job of burying Awesome (although that may have been something WCW insisted on). Anyway, when the match aired on TNN 2 nights later, all the internet buzz and hype didn't amount to shit in the ratings, as the show did about the same rating it's been averaging for months.
WATCH: WCW's Mike Awesome faces WWF's Tazz in an ECW ring for the ECW championship
  • The same night the match happened, Tazz was on the pre-taped Smackdown show getting beat by Crash Holly. Then he jobbed to Eddie Guerrero at multiple house shows (in New York and Pittsburgh, 2 big ECW cities) in opening matches. This week, Tazz came out with the ECW title on Raw, while J.R. explained it by saying he won it "on his day off" and never mentioned Mike Awesome. Tazz then lost a match on Raw (although he wasn't pinned). But then, the big kicker: Smackdown, in a champion vs. champion match, in Philadelphia no less, Tazz jobbed to Triple H. Not only that, Triple H broke Tazz's submission and won even with Tommy Dreamer coming out to try to help Tazz, pedigreeing them both (in the years since, even Vince has kinda half-way apologized for that one). Yes, ECW got lots of national TV exposure this week but at what cost? WWF portrayed the ECW title as not even on par with their joke of a hardcore title and then had Triple H absolutely bury Tazz and the ECW title in general on Smackdown. Tazz will eventually drop the belt, and it will probably never be acknowledged on WWF TV, and Dreamer is not expected to ever return to WWF to get revenge on Triple H, so pretty much nobody from ECW came out ahead here. It's expected that Dreamer will win the title, only because he's the most loyal guy Heyman has and he can trust him not to fuck over the company and jump ship like Awesome did. Dave says it reminds him of the last years of AWA, when all the champions kept getting swooped up by WWF and eventually they put the title on Larry Zbyszko (who nobody bought as a world champion) simply because he was Verne Gagne's son-in-law and they trusted him not to leave. In Dave's opinion, this whole debacle has positioned ECW in the eyes of fans as a second-rate promotion who's stars aren't even remotely on the same level as WWF stars. And perception is important. Nobody wants to feel like they're watching the minor leagues of anything.
WATCH: ECW champion Tazz vs. WWF champion Triple H
  • Spring Stampede, the first PPV under the Bischoff/Russo regime, is in the books and it wasn't bad. In fact, it was probably the best WCW PPV in about a year, but that's still not saying much. Since they're still in the reboot phase, the show featured a ton of angles to make sure the New Blood group got over as heels, with the heels winning every vacated title. The matches were mostly bad and there were tons of screwjob finishes, but since they're starting fresh, Dave is willing to excuse that for now, since they're trying to build brand new storylines and it's kind of necessary. A lot of it felt like a 2nd rate WWF imitation. There was a ton of swearing, even by the announcers, and that felt forced and reportedly the announcers weren't super comfortable with it either.
  • Other notes from the PPV: Chicago radio DJ Mancow had a match with Jimmy Hart and considering he's unknown to most of the country and the match was never hyped on TV, imagine the confusion for fans watching this on PPV. It should have been a dark match for the live crowd only. Jimmy Hart played a heel in the match, despite being a babyface and Hogan's manager all the other time. "I've seen worse celebrity matches, which is about the nicest thing I can say about this one." Mike Awesome made his in-ring debut and was fine but not great, and the crowd chanted ECW at him, but WCW never acknowledged his ECW ties. Hogan got his heat back by beating the shit out of Kidman "to the point because of the size difference and the manner it was done, it actually looked like child abuse." Then Hogan went after Bischoff in the locker room, but Russo brought out cops who actually pulled guns on Hogan and arrested him. Terry Funk took a bunch of chairshots to the head from Norman Smiley and Dave doesn't like it and wishes Funk would stop allowing his brains to be smashed to mush. Russo "fired" Dustin Rhodes, saying the only good character he ever had was Goldust and claimed he wrote all the lines for Goldust to say in the first place. Yay 4th wall breaking, a timeless Russo classic. Tammy Sytch debuted, helping Chris Candido win the cruiserweight title. It wasn't caught on camera, but Tammy fell right on her ass on WCW's terrible entrance ramp during her run-in. And of course Jeff Jarrett won the WCW title. If you're wondering about all the signs in the crowd that were promoting DDP's book, well, that wasn't fans. DDP, smart self-promoter that he is, made the signs himself and littered the building with them before the show (always a hustler, that guy).
  • More Hart family drama, as Stampede Wrestling announced they would be running an 85th birthday celebration show for Stu Hart....in conjunction with WWF. The next day, Stu Hart said he wouldn't be attending. Bruce and Ross Hart, who run Stampede, originally wanted to do an Owen Hart tribute show since we're approaching 1 year since his death but sorta masking it as a Stu Hart celebration show, since his birthday is also in May. Bruce contacted Vince McMahon and Jim Ross, asking to use some wrestlers and it was approved by WWF (who were apparently under the impression that it was only a Stu Hart show). Dave says several Hart family members have been in regular contact with WWF including Ellie and Diana, the wives of Jim Neidhart and Davey Boy Smith, who are expected to testify against Owen's wife Martha in her wrongful death lawsuit against WWF. The show comes on a day off for WWF stars so pretty much all the Canadian wrestlers (Jericho, Benoit, Edge, Christian, Test, Venis, etc.) all signed up to go work the show for free, believing everyone was on the same page and that it was all good. But the day after it was announced, Stu Hart said he wouldn't be attending, feeling it was in poor taste. In a Calgary Sun newspaper article, Bret Hart was quoted saying that Stu was unaware that the show had even been planned in his honor. Martha Hart was quoted saying WWF is just trying to score PR points and she won't be involved either. Bruce has been trying to change Stu's mind but no dice. When all of this came to light, many of the WWF wrestlers wanted to pull out. Benoit in particular said he was misled about what the show would be and doesn't want to go anymore. But Vince McMahon won't let any of them back out, saying that unless the show is cancelled, they're already advertised and have to go. As of press time, the show is still scheduled (it ends up not happening).
  • CMLL held its first ever PPV in Mexico this week, headlined by Atlantis vs. Villano III in a mask vs. mask match and it was a pretty amazing show. Dave says it felt like an old school 80s U.S. show, with the crowd hot for every match and most of the matches being really good. And the pop for the finish of the main event was off the charts, given that this was 2 of the most famous masks in Lucha Libre history at stake. Atlantis won and the crowd came unglued and Villano unmasked (yeah the crowd heat in this match is just bonkers). Sangre Azteca took a NASTY bump outside the ring in the opening match that looked like a surefire broken neck when Ricky Marvin failed to catch him, but he was lucky and was okay (I posted the video of the Atlantis/Villano III match one or two issues ago, but here's video of the Azteca bump).
WATCH: Sangre Azteca spikes himself outside the ring (7:52 mark, with replays after)
  • More news on New Jersey attempting to regulate "extreme" wrestling. WWF, WCW, and seemingly ECW will be exempt from the rules because they aren't classified as extreme (even though 90% of the stuff in the bill, such as blading, barbed wire, etc. have been used in those companies regularly, although you can't expect stuffy politicians to actually grasp the nuances of what they're voting on). A lot of this stems from indie company Jersey All Pro Wrestling which runs death matches regularly. It was made even worse this week when a female JAPW wrestler was seriously injured in a match, fracturing one of her vertebrae. When the media confronted him about it, AJPW president Frank Iadavaia told them that it was angle and that she's fine and she backed it up, claiming she wasn't really hurt. But then the media investigated it deeper and confronted the woman at her home and found out she really is injured with a broken neck and that it's not an angle. She then admitted that she and Iadavaia agreed to lie and tell people it was fake due to the political issues and admitted that, yes, she's really seriously hurt. So yeah, they got busted. Needless to say, this didn't help their case and just strengthened the calls for regulation.
  • The second week of the Bischoff/Russo era did not bring good news in the ratings, as Nitro did its lowest rating since the earliest days of the show back in 1995, doing a 2.47. That's even lower than the lowest rated Kevin Sullivan-booked episode. Can't blame the low rating on Raw either because that show mostly sucked this week. So yeah, looks like they didn't make a very strong first impression last week.
  • XPW held their big show at the LA Sports Arena, drawing 1,200 people. Shane Douglas was there and cut a promo trashing WWF, WCW, and Flair. The crowd chanted "you sold out" because they knew he had returned to WCW. Douglas called XPW owner Rob Black's wife a "porno whore" and slapped her, which led to an angle with Sabu making a surprise appearance, turning the main event into a three way with Sabu, Douglas, and Chris Candido.
  • Sabu was scheduled to work on Insane Clown Posse's upcoming JCW tour as the headline star but Paul Heyman successfully blocked it via legal threats. Sabu DID work XPW's recent show despite Heyman's legal threats and the way they're trying to get around it is by saying that Sabu did the show for free and wasn't paid ("wink wink," Dave adds). Basically, XPW is calling Heyman's bluff on this one (considering Heyman was struggling to keep ECW afloat at this point and XPW was funded by massive amounts of porn money, this was probably a safe bet that Heyman wasn't going to waste resources suing them. Probably the same reason WCW didn't hesitate to steal Mike Awesome, despite a valid contract. ECW was just powerless against people with more money).
  • Lance Storm went on his website this week and basically said the same thing Dave said about the Tazz/Mike Awesome match, that Awesome not losing cleanly and dropping it to a WWF guy didn't help out ECW at all and makes them seem minor league. He got some heat for it in the ECW locker room so he removed the post. Anyway, he's expected to be sitting down with Heyman this week to discuss a contract extension.
  • Notes from Nitro: the show opened with Russo and Jarrett and a bunch of other New Blood guys having a big balloon and confetti celebration, with them cutting a promo trashing Jim Ross, which was lost on 95% of the people watching. Dave thinks Jarrett should probably wait to see if he draws TV ratings or PPV buyrates as champion before he starts talking too much shit (spoiler: no). Then DDP did a run-in and they showed him coming through the backstage area, and showed Curt Hennig and Stasiak going over their match for later that night. Stone Cold Hulk Hogan showed up and the cops tried to keep him at bay but he gave them all a dirty look and they backed down, which leads Dave to quip that he's glad he doesn't live in that city. 800-year-old Terry Funk practically killed himself in a hardcore match to get The Wall over. Brian Adams and Bryan Clark debuted under the team name Kronik. Sting came down from the ceiling for the first time since Owen Hart's death and Dave is appalled that WCW would do that again. Even the NBA banned mascots from being lowered from the ceiling and haven't done it since Owen's death and for WCW, the company that still employees Bret Hart, to do it is absolutely mind-boggling. WCW is running a show in the Kemper Arena in Kansas City soon and Dave just hopes they don't do it again there but who the fuck knows with this company anymore (WWE has still never done it since, in the 21+ years since it happened). DDP faced Mike Awesome and during the match, announcer Mark Madden was going on and on about how this is a new WCW and they will have winners and losers and the refs won't be calling DQs and no contests the way WWF does. Literally seconds later, the DDP/Awesome match ended in a double-DQ. WCW, folks. The show ended with Bret Hart showing up with a chair and swinging it at Hogan and Bischoff, but the show cut to black before you could see who Bret actually hit. Dave thinks it was a decent cliffhanger, but if you're wondering what the live crowd saw....he hit Hogan (of course, Bret was already retired so this led to nothing).
  • Notes from Thunder: David Arquette was on the show to promote the movie and it looks like they're going to do some kind of angle with him in the coming weeks. (...............) Anyway, Dave just trashes this show for not making sense. This is still early on in the new Russo era so there's 500 angles/matches per show thrown at the screen as fast as possible and logic just went out the window. Tag team partners were pinning each other in matches with no explanations given, people were DQ'd in No DQ matches, guys who lost tournament matches still advanced somehow, etc. Just peak WTF-WCW going on at this point.
  • Speaking of David Arquette, Ready To Rumble did $2.68 million in its 2nd week (53% drop from last weekend) and after the first 10 days, it's at around $9 million total and sitting at #10. Not great news (yeah it finishes up as a HUGE financial flop and only made back half of its budget).
  • Eric Bischoff met with MMA fighter Mark Kerr and there are apparently plans to bring him in as part of a group called Fight Club which they also plan to include Mark Coleman, Don Frye, Tank Abbott and....Rick Steiner. Okay then (never happened).
  • Announcer Scott Hudson's father passed away from a heart attack while Hudson was doing Nitro this week. In fact, his parents were watching the show when it happened.
  • Notes from Raw: the show opened with a "Dusty Finish 2000." Jericho seemingly beat Triple H for the WWF title after a fast count from Earl Hebner in a fantastic match. Jericho "winning" the title got a monster pop from the crowd but of course, it was reversed soon after. And of course, Triple H made sure to refer to Jericho as a "sawed off midget" at one point and in the main event later that night, on opposite sides of a tag match, Triple H pinned Jericho clean to make sure nobody gets the crazy idea that Jericho is on his level or anything. God forbid. Also, Kurt Angle did some hilarious skits basically being a nerdy guy preaching abstinence to college kids. Dave thinks it was funny but also feels like Angle has too much star potential to be doing a goofy comedy gimmick.
WATCH: Chris Jericho "defeats" Triple H to win the WWF title - Raw 2000
  • Notes from Smackdown: Tazz came out, wearing the ECW title, to challenge Triple H, which led to Triple H saying that ECW sucked and of course, they had the match later that night and we all know how that went. It's not hard to see how Triple H was beginning to gain a reputation that would haunt him for the next decade.
  • The wrestling restaurant business is not booming. WWF New York is empty most days and they've stopped promoting it on TV and word is they're in the process of revamping their plans for it. WWF is blaming the bad business on the management group they brought in to run it. WCW's Nitro Grill in Las Vegas isn't doing well either, and part of the staff was recently laid off and they stopped serving lunch.
  • Various WWF Notes: depositions in the wrongful death trial for Owen Hart began this week. WWF The Music Vol. 4 recently passed 1 million sales, thus certifying it platinum. Gangrel is out of action for at least a month due to a separated shoulder. Mick Foley will be taping an episode of "Now and Again" on CBS.
  • WWF.com posted an article about the recent Court TV show that focused on deaths of children imitating wrestling moves (in which Linda McMahon was interviewed and came off poorly). WWF claimed the Court TV producers told them the show was about something else and that Linda had not prepared to be asked questions about that topic. Dave says he's done hundreds of media interviews and not once has he ever been given anything more than an occasional broad outline of what might be asked, so he doesn't buy that excuse. WWF also had footage of Linda's full unedited interview with the show, as opposed to the edited footage that aired on Court TV, and they put that online, basically accusing Court TV of editing her comments out of context. Dave thinks the unedited footage actually makes Linda look worse, as she repeatedly tried to dodge questions or change the subject when pressed. There was also the part where Linda claimed WWF doesn't spend a single dime marketing to children, which led to the host pulling out a whole box full of WWF merch from Toys R' Us (action figures and whatnot), and Linda responded by calling them "adult collectibles." They brought up Vince Russo's quote from a couple years ago, saying the WWF motto is to basically do as much as they can get away with. Linda responded saying Russo doesn't work there anymore and insinuated that he was fired for having that kind of attitude, which of course isn't remotely true. Just stuff like that.
FRIDAY: ECW world title situation resolved, more on Masakazu Fukuda's death and calls to regulate wrestling safety, New York senator wants drug testing for wrestlers, and more...
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Nuggets vs. Bucks - A Real-Time Analysis

At 9-3 the Nuggets are playing as many predicted, extremely well. Talent at all positions has created a cohesive, multifaceted offensive attack, taking the pressure off of their star big man in Jokic. They face one of the hottest teams in the league in the Bucks, coming off a complete demolition of the Golden State Warriors. GA is looking to stake his claim as the best player in the league, and these two teams should put on a show. This is what happened

1st Quarter

\missed first 6 minutes)
Key Takeaways

Second Quarter

Bucks 61- Nuggets 59
Key Takeaways

Third Quarter

Bucks 99 - Nuggets 88
Key Takeaways

Fourth Quarter

Final Score Bucks 121- Nuggets 114
Key Takeaways
Twitter: @dee_seee
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Interesting patterns of the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards

On February 13, 2018, the Charlotte Hornets are five games ahead of last place and ranked 20th. The next five games they play are against lottery teams. If they lose these games, they could salvage the season by increasing their chances in the lottery. Although their tank campaign took an early blow, it's still a possibility on this day in February. It's a possibility even with 4 seconds on the clock in the fourth quarter, up 102-99 against the Orlando Magic. Charlotte calls a timeout. Some goofy looking fuck named Jeremy Lamb enters the game and in 4 seconds he draws two personal fouls and sinks two free throws to ice the game before a Speights desperation 3 brings the final score to 104-102. What just happened is not an isolated incident. This year Charlotte had the most shooting fouls drawn in franchise history. And they are doing it with seemingly rising or revitalizing stars in that area. Almost across the board, Hornets are getting to the line while simultaneously avoiding conceding fouls on defense. The fact that the Hornets have the most free throw attempts and the least amount of personal fouls per game is only a small symptom in a much larger a malignant plot. In fact, CHO's foul sensitivity started in 2012 which coincides with Rich Cho's arrival as an Executive for the Hornets (CHO's Cho, anyone?). Here are their team stats as a relative rank in the league:
2017-18 NBA CHO 36 46 3 12 11 12 82 16 18 11 24 19 21 8 18 7 27 1 1 24 12 4 4 24 28 19 3 2 10
2016-17 NBA CHO 36 46 4 14 6 29 82 10 26 15 26 11 9 18 22 21 27 5 10 1 26 4 16 11 27 17 1 1 16
2015-16 NBA CHO 48 34 3 19 13 25 82 9 24 16 27 4 4 8 30 28 24 7 11 5 28 4 14 19 22 12 1 3 11
2014-15 NBA CHO 33 49 4 19 29 12 82 6 26 10 29 26 24 30 17 5 29 13 15 19 26 6 10 28 30 7 1 2 28
2013-14 NBA CHA 43 39 3 20 19 5 82 6 25 21 25 25 27 23 14 8 27 14 11 24 25 7 16 16 29 8 1 1 23
2012-13 NBA CHA 21 61 4 26 27 12 82 16 30 20 30 27 26 27 24 11 30 4 5 18 16 28 27 29 22 6 8 10 26
2011-12 NBA CHA 7 59 5 27 24 17 66 26 30 23 30 29 27 30 21 5 30 16 14 20 26 28 29 19 29 8 16 10 30
2010-11 NBA CHA 34 48 4 11 15 22 82 18 29 28 22 27 26 29 20 15 21 13 12 21 21 22 24 18 28 8 21 8 29
2009-10 NBA CHA 44 38 4 11 22 28 82 5 29 29 22 22 22 21 27 25 22 4 5 20 21 19 22 22 8 7 29 5 28
2008-09 NBA CHA 35 47 4 19 26 12 82 2 29 30 18 23 22 15 23 21 19 26 18 27 18 25 27 10 19 14 27 20 30
2007-08 NBA CHA 32 50 4 18 28 18 82 3 24 20 17 16 16 12 20 19 17 18 11 29 20 22 26 16 13 10 22 21 19
2006-07 NBA CHA 33 49 4 24 23 13 82 2 17 10 25 21 21 12 14 8 27 15 13 22 15 26 23 8 5 19 13 29 18
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And here are their opponent's stats in that same time frame
2017-18 NBA CHO 36 46 3 82 14 25 24 22 26 19 27 23 19 19 2 1 30 2 25 19 25 2 20 24 1 19
2016-17 NBA CHO 36 46 4 82 19 18 21 15 30 30 25 7 5 21 1 1 21 3 26 22 28 2 28 23 15 13
2015-16 NBA CHO 48 34 3 82 21 12 18 12 18 23 14 7 15 14 3 4 25 2 29 22 23 2 21 21 14 9
2014-15 NBA CHO 33 49 4 82 24 9 18 8 15 11 22 10 20 7 6 4 30 1 30 21 15 1 23 27 9 7
2013-14 NBA CHA 43 39 3 82 25 10 16 6 19 16 24 9 15 5 2 2 18 1 28 21 9 2 21 28 9 4
2012-13 NBA CHA 21 61 4 82 11 27 17 27 30 28 29 19 7 26 11 14 9 25 25 27 30 2 30 21 6 29
2011-12 NBA CHA 7 59 5 66 4 28 18 29 9 8 22 28 22 29 15 15 13 21 30 29 28 11 25 25 9 27
2010-11 NBA CHA 34 48 4 82 12 8 8 10 24 26 16 8 3 15 13 9 29 2 10 5 18 16 29 27 13 11
2009-10 NBA CHA 44 38 4 82 22 5 7 6 26 30 2 2 2 13 1 1 1 9 5 6 11 20 29 3 6 1
2008-09 NBA CHA 35 47 4 82 28 6 4 10 16 20 14 5 3 12 10 11 4 12 4 3 6 19 30 8 13 9
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Notice the FTA and PF ranks of both the Hornets and their opponents. This was the first stone I had to uncover in a field of—like—at least three stones. Big field though. Nice field. Good field. Anyways, these and-one gods are so inconsistent. Especially in the fourth quarter.
Let's take a closer at Kemba's fourth quarter threes link.
So Charlotte's trigger happy 3-point god is shooting near 20% from beyond the arc with 24-22 seconds left on the shot clock—in the fourth quarter. It's not the most appetizing stat in the world. It makes me wonder if missing threes in the fourth is the new way to throw games without being detected. Even if an anomaly occurs, you can just invalidate it by saying "oh they were tired, it's the fourth, shooting threes is arduous." If I'm trying to throw a game, I'm gonna miss threes early in the shot clock because I can just say "league is moving towards this style of play, but I was tired though lololol." How you gonna prove otherwise? Even patterns of stats that correlate to behaviors of match fixing are just that. The most you can do with concurrent proof is assign a probability that the team is involved in match fixing. That being said, I want to know if Kemba and the Hornets as a whole are shooting threes because they are behind in the fourth or otherwise. Makes sense to throw up the 3 if you are trying to close a gap.
Well, I poked around and yes Kemba has been atrocious from 3pt range when trailing by less than 5 points with under 3 minutes left in the game. 2/16 from beyond the arc in those situations. However, the Hornets as a whole have taken 147 3pt shot attempts in the fourth quarter when up my 12 or more points. Wow. Here is a table with all 147 3pt shot attempts ranked from largest margin at the time of the shot all the way down to a 12 point lead.
Rk Date Tm Opp Qtr Time Score (Before) >11 Description Score (After)
1 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 01:07.0 CHO up 63 (137-74) M. Paige misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 63 (137-74)
2 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 00:54.0 CHO up 63 (137-74) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 63 (137-74)
3 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 06:33.0 CHO up 61 (124-63) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 61 (124-63)
4 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 08:20.0 CHO up 59 (120-61) M. Paige misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 59 (120-61)
5 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 08:14.0 CHO up 59 (120-61) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 59 (120-61)
6 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 05:01.0 CHO up 59 (126-67) J. Stone misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft (block by W. Selden) CHO up 59 (126-67)
7 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 03:00.0 CHO up 58 (130-72) M. Paige makes 3-pt shot from 22 ft (assist by D. Bacon) CHO up 61 (133-72)
8 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 04:25.0 CHO up 56 (126-70) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 56 (126-70)
9 3/22/2018 CHO MEM 4th 10:31.0 CHO up 55 (114-59) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by D. Bacon) CHO up 58 (117-59)
10 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 06:28.0 CHO up 42 (121-79) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by M. Monk) CHO up 45 (124-79)
11 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 05:39.0 CHO up 40 (124-84) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 40 (124-84)
12 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 07:36.0 CHO up 39 (118-79) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 39 (118-79)
13 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 08:37.0 CHO up 38 (115-77) M. Monk makes 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 41 (118-77)
14 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 04:53.0 CHO up 38 (124-86) M. Paige misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 38 (124-86)
15 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 03:45.0 CHO up 37 (126-89) M. Paige misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 37 (126-89)
16 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 09:48.0 CHO up 35 (110-75) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 35 (110-75)
17 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 01:50.0 CHO up 35 (130-95) J. Stone makes 3-pt shot from 22 ft (assist by M. Paige) CHO up 38 (133-95)
18 4/6/2018 CHO @ ORL 4th 09:22.0 CHO up 33 (110-77) W. Hernangomez makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by F. Kaminsky) CHO up 36 (113-77)
19 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 07:22.0 CHO up 30 (109-79) M. Carter-Williams misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 30 (109-79)
20 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 09:09.0 CHO up 29 (104-75) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 29 (104-75)
21 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 08:47.0 CHO up 29 (104-75) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 23 ft (assist by F. Kaminsky) CHO up 32 (107-75)
22 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 10:14.0 CHO up 28 (101-73) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 28 (101-73)
23 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 00:47.0 CHO up 28 (119-91) J. Stone misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 28 (119-91)
24 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 02:53.0 CHO up 27 (114-87) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 27 (114-87)
25 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 09:42.0 CHO up 26 (101-75) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 29 (104-75)
26 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 05:09.0 CHO up 26 (111-85) M. Carter-Williams misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 26 (111-85)
27 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 00:27.0 CHO up 26 (119-93) M. Paige misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 26 (119-93)
28 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 04:32.0 CHO up 25 (122-97) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 25 (122-97)
29 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 01:33.0 CHO up 25 (130-105) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 25 (130-105)
30 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 01:19.0 CHO up 25 (116-91) M. Monk makes 3-pt shot from 28 ft CHO up 28 (119-91)
31 12/18/2017 CHO NYK 4th 10:00.0 CHO up 24 (92-68) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by J. O'Bryant) CHO up 27 (95-68)
32 12/18/2017 CHO NYK 4th 06:51.0 CHO up 24 (101-77) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 24 (101-77)
33 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 00:37.0 CHO up 23 (130-107) M. Monk makes 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 26 (133-107)
34 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 11:21.0 CHO up 23 (96-73) M. Carter-Williams makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by J. Lamb) CHO up 26 (99-73)
35 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 01:52.0 CHO up 23 (114-91) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 23 (114-91)
36 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 04:55.0 CHO up 22 (119-97) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by J. Lamb) CHO up 25 (122-97)
37 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 03:53.0 CHO up 22 (122-100) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 22 (122-100)
38 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 01:30.0 CHO up 22 (122-100) D. Bacon misses 3-pt shot from 27 ft CHO up 22 (122-100)
39 12/18/2017 CHO NYK 4th 03:44.0 CHO up 21 (105-84) J. O'Bryant misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 21 (105-84)
40 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 05:44.0 CHO up 21 (103-82) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 21 (103-82)
41 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 03:15.0 CHO up 21 (106-85) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 21 (106-85)
42 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 06:35.0 CHO up 21 (110-89) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 21 (110-89)
43 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 02:30.0 CHO up 20 (107-87) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 29 ft CHO up 20 (107-87)
44 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 02:11.0 CHO up 20 (107-87) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 28 ft CHO up 20 (107-87)
45 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 01:01.0 CHO up 20 (109-89) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 27 ft CHO up 20 (109-89)
46 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 00:30.0 CHO up 20 (109-89) J. O'Bryant misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 20 (109-89)
47 12/18/2017 CHO NYK 4th 02:43.0 CHO up 20 (105-85) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 20 (105-85)
48 12/18/2017 CHO NYK 4th 01:39.0 CHO up 20 (107-87) J. O'Bryant misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 20 (107-87)
49 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 09:54.0 CHO up 20 (98-78) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 20 (98-78)
50 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 09:23.0 CHO up 20 (98-78) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by M. Carter-Williams) CHO up 23 (101-78)
51 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 09:15.0 CHO up 20 (105-85) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 23 ft (assist by M. Carter-Williams) CHO up 23 (108-85)
52 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 05:55.0 CHO up 20 (116-96) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 20 (116-96)
53 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 05:45.0 CHO up 20 (116-96) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by M. Carter-Williams) CHO up 23 (119-96)
54 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 03:18.0 CHO up 20 (125-105) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 27 ft CHO up 20 (125-105)
55 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 02:48.0 CHO up 20 (125-105) D. Bacon misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 20 (125-105)
56 1/17/2018 CHO WAS 4th 02:34.0 CHO up 20 (125-105) J. O'Bryant makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by M. Monk) CHO up 23 (128-105)
57 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 00:27.0 CHO up 20 (122-102) C. Zeller misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 20 (122-102)
58 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 04:35.0 CHO up 20 (115-95) N. Batum misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 20 (115-95)
59 10/25/2017 CHO DEN 4th 05:42.0 CHO up 19 (102-83) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 19 (102-83)
60 10/25/2017 CHO DEN 4th 05:37.0 CHO up 19 (102-83) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 19 (102-83)
61 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 11:16.0 CHO up 19 (103-84) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 22 ft (assist by J. O'Bryant) CHO up 22 (106-84)
62 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 02:17.0 CHO up 19 (106-87) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 19 (106-87)
63 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 09:24.0 CHO up 19 (103-84) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 19 (103-84)
64 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 02:43.0 CHO up 19 (108-89) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 30 ft (assist by J. Stone) CHO up 22 (111-89)
65 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 03:00.0 CHO up 18 (122-104) J. O'Bryant misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 18 (122-104)
66 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 01:45.0 CHO up 18 (126-108) J. O'Bryant misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 18 (126-108)
67 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 04:11.0 CHO up 18 (103-85) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 18 (103-85)
68 1/22/2018 CHO SAC 4th 09:51.0 CHO up 18 (95-77) J. O'Bryant misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 18 (95-77)
69 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 09:37.0 CHO up 18 (103-85) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 18 (103-85)
70 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 03:40.0 CHO up 17 (102-85) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 17 (102-85)
71 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 03:09.0 CHO up 17 (104-87) T. Graham makes 3-pt shot from 22 ft (assist by K. Walker) CHO up 20 (107-87)
72 10/25/2017 CHO DEN 4th 11:40.0 CHO up 17 (85-68) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 17 (85-68)
73 12/11/2017 CHO @ OKC 4th 11:07.0 CHO up 17 (94-77) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 17 (94-77)
74 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 10:03.0 CHO up 17 (106-89) J. O'Bryant makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by M. Carter-Williams) CHO up 20 (109-89)
75 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 08:08.0 CHO up 17 (111-94) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 17 (111-94)
76 1/2/2018 CHO @ SAC 4th 00:37.0 CHO up 17 (128-111) M. Monk makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 20 (131-111)
77 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 00:59.0 CHO up 17 (106-89) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 17 (106-89)
78 1/22/2018 CHO SAC 4th 11:49.0 CHO up 17 (92-75) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 17 (92-75)
79 1/22/2018 CHO SAC 4th 11:05.0 CHO up 17 (92-75) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 17 (92-75)
80 1/22/2018 CHO SAC 4th 10:52.0 CHO up 17 (92-75) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 26 ft (assist by J. O'Bryant) CHO up 20 (95-75)
81 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 02:48.0 CHO up 17 (117-100) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by K. Walker) CHO up 20 (120-100)
82 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 10:48.0 CHO up 17 (91-74) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 17 (91-74)
83 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 09:11.0 CHO up 17 (95-78) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 17 (95-78)
84 1/5/2018 CHO @ LAL 4th 00:38.0 CHO up 16 (106-90) D. Bacon misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 16 (106-90)
85 1/22/2018 CHO SAC 4th 08:15.0 CHO up 16 (97-81) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 16 (97-81)
86 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 03:40.0 CHO up 16 (115-99) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by D. Howard) CHO up 19 (118-99)
87 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 07:09.0 CHO up 16 (107-91) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 16 (107-91)
88 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 05:57.0 CHO up 16 (109-93) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by J. Lamb) CHO up 19 (112-93)
89 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 04:18.0 CHO up 16 (114-98) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 28 ft CHO up 16 (114-98)
90 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 03:32.0 CHO up 16 (114-98) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 26 ft (assist by M. Kidd-Gilchrist) CHO up 19 (117-98)
91 2/25/2018 CHO DET 4th 00:21.0 CHO up 16 (114-98) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 16 (114-98)
92 2/27/2018 CHO CHI 4th 06:25.0 CHO up 16 (101-85) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 16 (101-85)
93 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 11:15.0 CHO up 16 (97-81) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 16 (97-81)
94 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 10:50.0 CHO up 16 (97-81) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by N. Batum) CHO up 19 (100-81)
95 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 07:48.0 CHO up 16 (105-89) J. Lamb makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 19 (108-89)
96 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 07:10.0 CHO up 16 (97-81) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 16 (97-81)
97 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 06:38.0 CHO up 16 (97-81) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 16 (97-81)
98 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 03:14.0 CHO up 16 (105-89) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 27 ft (assist by J. Stone) CHO up 19 (108-89)
99 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 04:39.0 CHO up 15 (98-83) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 15 (98-83)
100 10/25/2017 CHO DEN 4th 07:45.0 CHO up 15 (94-79) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 15 (94-79)
101 11/20/2017 CHO MIN 4th 01:21.0 CHO up 15 (113-98) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 15 (113-98)
102 1/15/2018 CHO @ DET 4th 04:58.0 CHO up 15 (103-88) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 27 ft CHO up 18 (106-88)
103 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 05:43.0 CHO up 15 (111-96) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 15 (111-96)
104 2/22/2018 CHO BRK 4th 02:58.0 CHO up 15 (105-90) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 15 (105-90)
105 2/27/2018 CHO CHI 4th 01:21.0 CHO up 15 (114-99) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 15 (114-99)
106 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 01:20.0 CHO up 15 (126-111) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 23 ft (assist by M. Williams) CHO up 18 (129-111)
107 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 04:09.0 CHO up 15 (102-87) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 15 (102-87)
108 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 08:10.0 CHO up 14 (95-81) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 14 (95-81)
109 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 07:23.0 CHO up 14 (95-81) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 14 (95-81)
110 10/25/2017 CHO DEN 4th 09:00.0 CHO up 14 (90-76) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 14 (90-76)
111 12/11/2017 CHO @ OKC 4th 08:53.0 CHO up 14 (96-82) T. Graham makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by K. Walker) CHO up 17 (99-82)
112 1/22/2018 CHO SAC 4th 05:49.0 CHO up 14 (101-87) M. Williams misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 14 (101-87)
113 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 10:40.0 CHO up 14 (98-84) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 27 ft CHO up 14 (98-84)
114 2/23/2018 CHO @ WAS 4th 10:34.0 CHO up 14 (98-84) F. Kaminsky makes 3-pt shot from 22 ft (assist by J. Lamb) CHO up 17 (101-84)
115 2/27/2018 CHO CHI 4th 02:51.0 CHO up 14 (111-97) N. Batum misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 14 (111-97)
116 2/27/2018 CHO CHI 4th 02:19.0 CHO up 14 (111-97) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by N. Batum) CHO up 17 (114-97)
117 2/27/2018 CHO CHI 4th 00:27.0 CHO up 14 (115-101) T. Graham makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by D. Bacon) CHO up 17 (118-101)
118 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 04:45.0 CHO up 14 (99-85) J. Stone makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by J. Lamb) CHO up 17 (102-85)
119 10/25/2017 CHO DEN 4th 09:23.0 CHO up 13 (87-74) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 16 (90-74)
120 11/1/2017 CHO MIL 4th 04:17.0 CHO up 13 (113-100) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 13 (113-100)
121 11/18/2017 CHO LAC 4th 00:26.0 CHO up 13 (100-87) K. Walker misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 13 (100-87)
122 11/20/2017 CHO MIN 4th 00:16.0 CHO up 13 (115-102) C. Zeller makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by M. Carter-Williams) CHO up 16 (118-102)
123 12/11/2017 CHO @ OKC 4th 02:59.0 CHO up 13 (112-99) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 26 ft CHO up 13 (112-99)
124 1/15/2018 CHO @ DET 4th 01:54.0 CHO up 13 (110-97) N. Batum misses 3-pt shot from 27 ft CHO up 13 (110-97)
125 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 11:36.0 CHO up 13 (97-84) J. O'Bryant misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 13 (97-84)
126 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 10:21.0 CHO up 13 (99-86) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 13 (99-86)
127 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 08:43.0 CHO up 13 (101-88) M. Carter-Williams misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 13 (101-88)
128 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 08:21.0 CHO up 13 (101-88) M. Carter-Williams misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 13 (101-88)
129 2/27/2018 CHO CHI 4th 08:51.0 CHO up 13 (96-83) M. Carter-Williams misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 13 (96-83)
130 3/10/2018 CHO PHO 4th 08:10.0 CHO up 13 (105-92) M. Williams misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 13 (105-92)
131 4/10/2018 CHO @ IND 4th 03:41.0 CHO up 13 (102-89) J. Stone makes 3-pt shot from 23 ft (assist by J. Lamb) CHO up 16 (105-89)
132 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 06:16.0 CHO up 12 (95-83) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 12 (95-83)
133 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 05:21.0 CHO up 12 (95-83) M. Monk makes 3-pt shot from 22 ft (assist by K. Walker) CHO up 15 (98-83)
134 11/10/2017 CHO @ BOS 4th 11:45.0 CHO up 12 (76-64) F. Kaminsky misses 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 12 (76-64)
135 11/18/2017 CHO LAC 4th 00:58.0 CHO up 12 (97-85) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by M. Williams) CHO up 15 (100-85)
136 12/29/2017 CHO @ GSW 4th 04:53.0 CHO up 12 (95-83) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by D. Howard) CHO up 15 (98-83)
137 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 00:27.0 CHO up 12 (120-108) M. Monk makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by J. Stone) CHO up 15 (123-108)
138 2/22/2018 CHO BRK 4th 05:03.0 CHO up 12 (100-88) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by N. Batum) CHO up 15 (103-88)
139 3/10/2018 CHO PHO 4th 07:47.0 CHO up 12 (105-93) M. Monk misses 3-pt shot from 22 ft CHO up 12 (105-93)
140 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 02:15.0 CHO up 12 (120-108) N. Batum makes 3-pt shot from 24 ft (assist by D. Howard) CHO up 15 (123-108)
141 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 01:37.0 CHO up 12 (123-111) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 15 (126-111)
142 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 00:28.0 CHO up 12 (129-117) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft CHO up 12 (129-117)
143 10/20/2017 CHO ATL 4th 10:50.0 CHO up 11 (86-75) T. Graham misses 3-pt shot from 23 ft (block by M. Delaney) CHO up 11 (86-75)
144 12/11/2017 CHO @ OKC 4th 05:12.0 CHO up 11 (105-94) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft CHO up 14 (108-94)
145 1/22/2018 CHO SAC 4th 05:09.0 CHO up 11 (101-90) J. Lamb misses 3-pt shot from 24 ft CHO up 11 (101-90)
146 1/31/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 06:39.0 CHO up 11 (105-94) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by M. Kidd-Gilchrist) CHO up 14 (108-94)
147 2/27/2018 CHO CHI 4th 10:34.0 CHO up 11 (91-80) T. Graham makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by J. Lamb) CHO up 14 (94-80)
148 3/15/2018 CHO @ ATL 4th 02:47.0 CHO up 11 (117-106) K. Walker makes 3-pt shot from 25 ft (assist by N. Batum) CHO up 14 (120-106)
How peculiar. The shots follow distinct patterns that aren't typical of NBA teams. NBA teams usually make adjustments and play their game around the objective of winning the game. The Hornets and the Wizards play the game as though they follow a different unseen objective. I had a hunch that they correlated to gambling lines. Now, in betting the highest payouts come on wagers known as multiples. Page 9 of this study (D. Cortis 2015) link clearly defines and proves theoretical concepts regarding multiples. In essence, bookies love to take these bets because it's that much harder to achieve—the payout for success is greater though. Basically, this is where the big payouts to money down ratios are. If you have two teams under your control, you can do some serious damage to bookmakers using what would seemingly look like unrelated, independent prop bets. Let's say you're deep into the officials, the Bucks, the Wizards, or the Hornets—as a thought exercise—and you have control over things like anomalies (free throw attempts per game, missed threes per game, live betting after timeouts, etc…). What's to stop you from ripping off bookmakers? So I looked up the consensus covers, spreads, and variances of the Wizards since they seem to lose to shitty teams. Here are the results courtesy of covers dot com and I added some columns to get the variances from expectation.
date opponent score WAS line O/U Reults Spread expt. variance actual variance
12/04/17 @ Utah L 69-116 L 4 U 198 185 -47 4 43
12/22/17 @ Brooklyn L 84-119 L -6 U 215 203 -35 win by 6 41
04/01/18 @ Chicago L 94-113 L -7.5 P 207 207 -19 win by 7.5 26.5
01/22/18 @ Dallas L 75-98 L -2 U 211.5 173 -23 win by 2 25
11/07/17 Dallas L 99-113 L -10 U 213.5 212 -14 win by 10 24
03/10/18 @ Miami L 102-129 L 4.5 O 206 231 -27 4.5 22.5
01/27/18 @ Atlanta W 129-104 W -3.5 O 210.5 233 25 win by 3.5 22.5
01/17/18 @ Charlotte L 109-133 L 2 O 215 242 -24 2 22
02/23/18 Charlotte L 105-122 L -3.5 O 210.5 227 -17 win by 3.5 20.5
12/27/17 @ Atlanta L 99-113 L -6 U 214.5 212 -14 win by 6 20
12/05/17 @ Portland W 106-92 W 6 U 202.5 198 14 6 20
02/06/18 @ Philadelphia L 102-115 L 6.5 O 213.5 217 -13 win by 6.5 19.5
12/29/17 Houston W 121-103 W 1.5 P 224 224 18 1.5 19.5
10/29/17 @ Sacramento W 110-83 W -7.5 U 208.5 193 27 win by 7.5 19.5
12/01/17 Detroit W 109-91 W 1 U 203.5 200 18 1 19
11/05/17 @ Toronto W 107-96 W 6.5 U 213.5 203 11 6.5 17.5
11/01/17 Phoenix L 116-122 L -11 O 227.5 238 -6 win by 11 17
04/06/18 Atlanta L 97-103 L -10.5 U 210 200 -6 win by 10.5 16.5
03/09/18 @ New Orleans W 116-97 W -3.5 U 221 213 19 win by 3.5 15.5
04/11/18 @ Orlando L 92-101 L -6 U 205.5 193 -9 win by 6 15
12/23/17 Orlando W 130-103 W -12 O 212 233 27 win by 12 15
03/25/18 New York L 97-101 L -10.5 U 217 198 -4 win by 10.5 14.5
01/15/18 Milwaukee L 95-104 L -5.5 U 212.5 199 -9 win by 5.5 14.5
11/20/17 @ Milwaukee W 99-88 W 3.5 U 208 187 11 3.5 14.5
03/29/18 @ Detroit L 92-103 L -2.5 U 208 195 -11 win by 2.5 13.5
02/25/18 Philadelphia W 109-94 W -1.5 U 214.5 203 15 win by 1.5 13.5
02/22/18 @ Cleveland W 110-103 W 6 U 222 213 7 6 13
01/10/18 Utah L 104-107 L -8 O 208 211 -3 win by 8 13
02/03/18 @ Orlando W 115-98 W -4.5 U 215 213 17 win by 4.5 12.5
03/27/18 San Antonio W 116-106 W 2 O 202 222 10 2 12
12/25/17 @ Boston W 111-103 W 4 O 208.5 214 8 4 12
11/03/17 Cleveland L 122-130 L -3.5 O 224.5 252 -8 win by 3.5 11.5
01/19/18 @ Detroit W 122-112 W 1 O 209 234 10 1 11
11/15/17 @ Miami W 102-93 W 1.5 U 211.5 195 9 1.5 10.5
01/06/18 Milwaukee L 103-110 L -3 U 213.5 213 -7 win by 3 10
10/23/17 @ Denver W 109-104 W 5 U 224 213 5 5 10
03/23/18 Denver L 100-108 L -1.5 U 216.5 208 -8 win by 1.5 9.5
12/17/17 Cleveland L 99-106 L -2.5 U 214.5 205 -7 win by 2.5 9.5
01/30/18 Oklahoma City W 102-96 W 3 U 216.5 198 6 3 9
11/11/17 Atlanta W 113-94 W -10 U 216.5 207 19 win by 10 9
10/27/17 @ Golden State L 117-120 W 12 O 230.5 237 -3 12 9
03/13/18 Minnesota L 111-116 L -3.5 O 218 227 -5 win by 3.5 8.5
01/03/18 New York W 121-103 W -9.5 O 213.5 224 18 win by 9.5 8.5
12/12/17 @ Brooklyn L 98-103 L -3.5 U 214 201 -5 win by 3.5 8.5
11/28/17 @ Minnesota W 92-89 W 5.5 U 209.5 181 3 5.5 8.5
10/25/17 @ L.A. Lakers L 99-102 (OT) L -5.5 U 228.5 201 -3 win by 5.5 8.5
04/03/18 @ Houston L 104-120 L 8.5 O 214 224 -16 8.5 7.5
03/31/18 Charlotte W 107-93 W -6.5 U 220 210 14 win by 6.5 7.5
12/19/17 New Orleans W 116-106 W -2.5 O 217 222 10 win by 2.5 7.5
11/25/17 Portland L 105-108 L -4.5 O 202 213 -3 win by 4.5 7.5
11/17/17 Miami L 88-91 L -4.5 U 206 179 -3 win by 4.5 7.5
03/04/18 Indiana L 95-98 L -4 U 211.5 193 -3 win by 4 7
11/13/17 Sacramento W 110-92 W -11 U 208 202 18 win by 11 7
02/01/18 Toronto W 122-119 W 3.5 O 214.5 241 3 3.5 6.5
02/27/18 @ Milwaukee W 107-104 W 3 U 211.5 211 3 3 6
11/09/17 L.A. Lakers W 111-95 W -10 U 222.5 206 16 win by 10 6
02/10/18 @ Chicago W 101-90 W -5.5 U 213.5 191 11 win by 5.5 5.5
02/05/18 @ Indiana W 111-102 W -3.5 O 211 212 9 win by 3.5 5.5
01/12/18 Orlando W 125-119 L -11 O 218 244 6 win by 11 5
04/10/18 Boston W 113-101 W -7.5 O 204.5 214 12 win by 7.5 4.5
03/02/18 Toronto L 95-102 L 3 U 216.5 197 -7 3 4
02/08/18 Boston L 104-110 (OT) L 2 O 204 214 -6 2 4
01/25/18 @ Oklahoma City L 112-121 L 5 O 214.5 233 -9 5 4
12/31/17 Chicago W 114-110 L -8 O 211 224 4 win by 8 4
12/07/17 @ Phoenix W 109-99 W -6.5 U 213 208 10 win by 6.5 3.5
11/19/17 @ Toronto L 91-100 L 6.5 U 208.5 191 -9 6.5 3.5
03/14/18 @ Boston W 125-124 (OT) L -4 O 201 249 1 win by 4 3
12/09/17 @ L.A. Clippers L 112-113 L -2 O 204.5 225 -1 win by 2 3
10/20/17 Detroit W 115-111 L -7 O 211.5 226 4 win by 7 3
03/21/18 @ San Antonio L 90-98 L 5.5 U 202 188 -8 5.5 2.5
01/13/18 Brooklyn W 119-113 (OT) L -9.5 O 215.5 232 6 win by 9.5 2.5
01/05/18 @ Memphis W 102-100 L -4.5 U 204.5 202 2 win by 4.5 2.5
04/05/18 @ Cleveland L 115-119 W 6 O 218.5 234 -4 6 2
03/17/18 Indiana W 109-102 W -5 O 210 211 7 win by 5 2
11/29/17 @ Philadelphia L 113-118 W 7 O 211.5 231 -5 7 2
11/22/17 @ Charlotte L 124-129 (OT) L 3 O 208.5 253 -5 3 2
12/15/17 L.A. Clippers W 100-91 L -10.5 U 208.5 191 9 win by 10.5 1.5
12/13/17 Memphis W 93-87 L -7.5 U 198.5 180 6 win by 7.5 1.5
10/18/17 Philadelphia W 120-115 L -6.5 O 218 235 5 win by 6.5 1.5
02/28/18 Golden State L 101-109 W 8.5 U 227.5 210 -8 8.5 0.5
02/14/18 @ New York W 118-113 W -4.5 O 210.5 231 5 win by 4.5 0.5
03/06/18 Miami W 117-113 (OT) P -4 O 205 230 4 win by 4 0
Now the fun begins. We sort by absolute value of the variance from the spread+oveunder ranked from highest to lowest. Then just check the date on those games and look for how the Hornets behaved the same day. Juicy! Remember, these are the variances from spread for the Washington Wizards. On december fourth, the day of the largest variance from spread, a 9-13 charlotte received 40 free throw attempts on road to a tough 10 point victory against fellow tank candidate 10-15 Orlando Magic—who only got 14 free throw attempts.
On december 22, the day of the 2nd largest variance from spread, an 11-21 Charlotte just barely misses a chance to beat a 17-13 Milwaukee Bucks after the Hornets collapse offensively in the fourth quarter. Well, one player does. Former Buck, Michael Carter Williams misses every attempt from inside and outside the arc. The Bucks concede many rebounds to their former teammate, but he misses every shot.
On April 1st, the day of the third largest variance from spread, 34-44 Charlotte loses to the 46-30 76ers. The Hornets receive 34 free throw attempts to the 76ers' 10. Fourteen of those free throw attempts are awarded to 22 minute-man Willy Hernangomez despite only recording 3 field goal attempts the entire game.
On January 22nd, the day of the third largest variance from spread, with 4:57 left in the fourth quarter, the 19-26 Charlotte Hornets call timeout. They are desperately trying fight back a rally from the 13-33 Sacramento Kings. They recently had a 17 point lead which is now only 9 points. It's 92-101 and the Hornets might actually lose against a fellow lottery team! From the moment play starts back up to the final whistle, the Hornets will be awarded 8 free throw attempts to the Kings' zero as they cruise to a 112-107 victory over their tank rivals. While it might make sense in the context of fouling while behind in a close game to gain possession, during that same stretch of time, the Hornets went 2/8 on all shot attempts that weren't free throws. The six they missed did not result in fouls or free throw attempts awarded. No—during that time, the Kings committed (in order): a personal foul, a shotclock violation, a shooting foul, a loose ball foul (Fox on Howard, lmao), a personal take foul, a lane violation (Fox, lmao), and two free throw attempts for Kemba off a final personal take foul with 14 seconds on the clock—down 7.
On November 7th, the day of the fourth largest variance from spread, the 5-6 Charlotte Hornets are fighting off a rally from the Knicks after jumping ahead thanks to a 41 point first quarter. Porzingis hits a 3pt shot to go up 114-111 forcing Charlotte to call timeout with 1:48 remaining in the game. Oh sheeeeeyyyyit, you know what happens next nephews! Jeremy Lamb draws the foul and converts the free throw attempts, Hornets down by 1. Next play, Kemba draws the offensive charge on Ntilikina. Marvin Williams didn't get the memo and jacks up a 3pt attempt with time on the clock to burn. Misses. Kemba is triggered and proceeds to miss a 3pt attempt, turnover off a bad pass, and then foul Lee who I'm sure he thought was Marvin. Knicks beat Hornets 118-113. On March 10th, the day of the fifth largest variance from the spread, the 29-38 Charlotte Hornets are facing off against the 19-49 Suns. Same pattern, lead in danger of being caught up by a tremendous fourth quarter from their opponents. 4:05 left in the game? Yup. Charlotte timeout? Yup. Suns get a free throw attempt from now until the end? Nah. Hornets take 10 more shots, two of them are threes that go in, the rest miss and do not result in free throw attempts. The four free throw attempts the Hornets do receive come off drawn personals. Bender still thinks about this sequence. Final score is 122-115, Hornets win (and lose).
On January 27th, the day of the fifth largest variance from the spread, the 20-28 Charlotte Hornets are once again in the fourth quarter and once again they are watching a lead diminish rapidly as the 28-21 Heat come steadily creeping back. Charlotte uses all FOUR timeouts in the final FOUR minutes (prop bets). Kemba Walker manages to go 1/8 from the field and then with the Hornets down by 1 with 30 seconds left, he misses the second free throw attempt. Timeout Miami. Ellington makes it a FOUR point game with FOUR seconds remaining. Timeout Charl—-just go home it's over. Hornets lose 91-95. Miami wins by FOUR. On January 17th, the day of the sixth largest variance from the spread, the 18-25 Horn—ayyyyyy, they played the Wizards. Ooopsie! Same with the seventh largest variance from the spread which takes place on February 23rd. These games are very interesting for the fact that garbage time only starts once the spread is covered. Up until then, it's 3 point attempts raining down on the Wizards even with a lead of 20. What's worse is the time they occur during the shot clock. It's like watching the 7 seconds or less but it's the Hornets. Running up the score at a fast pace is considered rude among sports sensitivos, but it's just bad tactics. An increased pace means more possessions for their opponents and the Hornets have demonstrated that they are fully capable of blowing fourth quarter leads. If your team dominates the free throw attempts to opponent-personal-foul rankings and is known for collapsing in the fourth quarter, wouldn't you want to slow the pace down for fatigue and lower possession count as well as finding the contact heavy lanes to try and abuse that ref advantage that numbers are showing?
Well I believe the answer is somewhere in France. You see, Nike has considerable resources invested in the jersey deal with NBA and throughout their other sports. Artemis and Kering Group (French luxury brand conglomerates) are somewhat synonymous with each other as well as the Pinault family and both have the controlling shares in Puma. And this year, Puma has struck out into the NBA shoe market by signing top lottery picks. One question though, what if a top lottery pick went to a team that was influenced by Nike or a rival brand? How would Puma's plans move forward then. These are enormous figures and huge endorsements. You don't wait it out and then spend one month evaluating options and assessing risks. These deals, like much of free agency, are often done verbally ahead of time.
So what am I dancing around and trying to imply? I'm implying that there are agents of Pinault who are collaborating with agents among the officials and within the Hornets and Wizards organizations to influence lottery odds in such a fashion that Puma's assault on the industry can have traction. Imagine if the Hornets were in position to draft Ayton or Bagley III. Puma would feel absolutely threatened by the Jordan brand. Even if they got the rookie deal, there would be the constant pressure on their poster-athlete from Jordan. Better to force the Hornets to absurdly low odds and capitalize on any gambling debts that may exist within both organizations. And when one organization is owned by a company that specializes in acquiring distressed debt and the other is managed by a compulsive gambler—conjecture is too easy. That's all this is thought without solid proof. We conjecturing. It's fun though. Also, I never looked at any game footage. Just tables and stats.
Theirs is a lot more data and connections. I have an 87 page document open with all of it. But it's all scattered in my brain place because depression and drugs. It feels like The Hornets are framing the Hornets, the Wizards, the Bucks. and then vice-versa and then upside down and front to back once more. Everybody is framing everybody, but nobody is putting a picture of me in a frame on their night stand.
Walk with me.
There's this hack the NBA thing with the commish I think we unhappy nephew should try out. I like to think of events during the game that are things that have to happen in order for a certain outcome to occur, that way you can study behaviors of certain queries and teams rather than a single point in time. Also, what I did is the opposite of good science. But I'm just trying to have some fun before I call my Charlotte full timeout in nine days, you feel?
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