Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Toy Story 3

I'm extremely delayed nowadays when it comes to watching films. I always say I'm going to see films at the cinema and I never get around to it.. then they come out on DVD and I never rush to buy or rent them. I've recently joined LOVEFiLM (similar to Netflix) which is a postal rental service, and I'm quite enjoying it, but I don't have enough time for it to be worth the money at the moment.

Anyways, I was one of these people that was really looking forward for when Toy Story 3 came out, but once again, never got around to it. I think I saw Toy Story when I got it on VHS as a child, and I think Toy Story 2 I saw in cinema, back in the day when I actually went because my mum took me and my life was far less hectic then! But yes, I watched Toy Story 3 finally!

Of course, like everyone else, towards the end I was bawling like a baby. There were moments throughout that
nearly made me weep like when Andy chose Woody over Buzz, and then again at the end, when Woody was in the donating box and you could see Andy's heart break a little through his eyes. There was also something about Andy donating the toys to the little girl at the end, and explaining their individual stories, just really hit hard - that's the moment that I started sobbing uncontrollably. Fortunately I looked to my left and my sister had tears streaming down her face.. and she's 25!.. so I didn't feel too bad about that.

It was a great film, really nice to feel young again and be reminded of my childhood but at the same time, it drew it all to a close. It was confirmation that my childhood, at the age of 21, is definitely over, and I felt like we
were all saying goodbye.

If you've not seen it, make sure you do, sorry that I've spoilt it for you, it's just, I'm 100% sure that I'm the only person in the world who hadn't seen it yet!

Lent 2012 Progress..

So it's not even been a week yet and I managed to break my Lent! I managed to stay off bread for breakfast during weekdays, for all of one day. And I managed to stay off fizzy drinks for about 3 days? I accidentally took a sip from a friend while blindfolded.. On the 4th sip I realised I had given them up for Lent. Now I'm sick so I'm drinking a fizzy Lucozade (a Powerade equivalent here in the UK). I haven't done Zumba once this week, and I also didn't go to badminton on Monday like I normally do because I'm sick.

I have however been on time, which is good, and I'm starting to be more productive, if anyone follows me on Twitter then they would have received my updates on how quickly I was getting through my to-do list! Most of my to-do list is to do with organisation so I'm doing that. The other thing I'm extremely proud of myself for is that I've been able to stay off crisps (chips to you Americans)! Now I'm a crisp-aholic, so this is quite a big deal for me!

Hopefully I can stay off the crisps and keep on doing the other good things I've taken up!

Wish me luck!

It's A Leap Year!

As you all know already, this February is a leap year, and it comes to a close tomorrow!

I've been in a relationship for 4 years now and fortunately January 29th is our yearly anniversary, but during the first few years it's always nice to stay loved up and count down the months you've managed to stay with a person..  The first month we were together was February 29th, because 2008 happened to be a leap year.. I've never actually realised this fact until now.. So although I've been in my relationship for 4 years, this will be the second February 29th I've spent with my beau... And no, I'm not proposing to him tomorrow. Sorry guys, I'm just far too young for all that!

Any of you braver lady readers proposing to your significant others?

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Lady Luck Has Been On My Side

Lately, I've been quite lucky.. I randomly seem to be winning things. Now I'm not saying I'm winning massive amazing prizes, but every little bit helps.

A lady from Microsoft at university dragged me over to test some software, such as Windows 7, OneNote, SkyDrive and something else that I can't quite remember. Anyways, I was reluctant to do it, but at the end of the demos they tell you if you've won. The little prizes were sweets and USBs with little memory, the big prizes were laptops and an Xbox.

I happened to win a computer mouse, which I know doesn't sound like fun, but it's actually pretty cool. I'm the kind of person who loves technology, but I'm a bit of a destroyer (at least that's what my family nickname me!), and to turn my mouse on I've got to snap it in half.. which is amazing to me.. I get to "break" something in order to make it work! It's smooth to the touch, great to use and it's wireless!

You're probably wondering which mouse I'm rambling about it's the Microsoft Arc Touch (you can see a tutorial here) and at $59.95, it's not a bad win!

Wow.. I must be sad to get so excited over a mouse!

Image Taken From redmondpie.com

On another note, SkyDrive is really useful, especially for documents and creating groups and sharing word documents as groups on Facebook aren't really as flexible.

The other win, which I found out about yesterday was a £25 Amazon voucher, which is from a mini newsletter that my university puts out monthly. All I had to do was find the webpage with the love heart on (in aid of Valentine's Day) and email them to tell them where I found it - really easy!

So yes, all in all I'm a very happy bunny!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Robert Griffin III - Already Washington Redskins QB?


On Saturday, there was a report that the St. Louis Rams had discussed sending the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft to the Washington Redskins. My first thought was filled with skepticism—this is the NFL offseason, a game of poker full of bluffs—but then when I sat and evaluated what was going on, the poker player in me took precedence. You never bluff a specific hand.

Well, several things happened at the 2012 NFL Combine with the Quarterbacks that really made the report of the Rams & Redskins discussions stand out. Firstly, Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur was seen practically crowding Baylor Bears QB Robert Griffin III the entire day, and not spending much time near any other quarterback the Redskins should be interested in at all in the event that Griffin becomes unavailable. Secondly, Griffin’s demeanor during his interview with NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, Kurt Warner, and Mike Mayock seemed very odd. When asked about teams who had interviewed him, RG3 skimmed through a couple teams, laughed at the notion of Seattle trading up to get him, but then confirmed that he had talked to Shanahan and that “it was awesome!”

Quarterbacks rarely delve into that sort of art, and especially not a guy as witty and crafty as Griffin. Not even Cam Newton tipped his own hand with knowledge that the Panthers had already secured a deal with him. So my question then became, “what does Griffin know that we don’t?”

I recalled the article suggesting the Rams and Redskins had discussed a trade, and it became clear [to me] that they hadn’t just discussed a trade, they agreed upon terms to a trade with a handshake deal. The Redskins are also rumored to have spent a lot of time in discussions with Griffin’s agent. What makes this notion a little more [wet] concrete?

Handshake deal done. Everything about this weekend has suggested that Washington wants to move up for Griffin and that he is the QB they want for the future. Everything about this weekend suggests that he is already [unofficially] their guy. Of course nothing can be guaranteed until Griffin is selected in the draft, as the Colts still have to select Andrew Luck; but Griffin to the Redskins seems as sure a thing to me right now as Luck to the Colts does to everyone else.

Speculation is still out on how much it will cost the Redskins to move up and trade Griffin, but there’s a possibility it will cost two 1st round picks, a 3rd and a 5th. Also a possibility of losing a 1st, two 2nd round picks, and a 4th round pick. Whatever the deal may be, I think it’s safe to say the Redskins may have already secured the trade and will draft Griffin.

By the way, for anyone wondering how Griffin did at the NFL Combine, here you go.

Height: 6'2 3/8
Weight: 223 lbs.
*40m Dash: 4.41 [unofficially clocked at a 4.37, believes he was faster]
*Vertical: 39 inches
Broad Jump: 120 inches [Griffin also seemed to ham the broad jump and didn't put much effort into the burst and form, jumped very high, and still outperformed the majority of the field]

* - Top performer in category

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Friday, February 24, 2012

John Wall's Monster Block

If you're watching the NBA Rising Stars Challenge tonight, you've probably been watching some exciting things. Nothing quite NBA-worthy, but definitely more refined than And 1.

I'm a Washington [D.C.] sports' fan, so I feel obligated to post this GIF of Washington Wizards' John Wall blocking Miami Heat Guard Norris Cole.

John Wall is mad he was selected 11th to play this game behind a couple guards. This isn't Wall's best block (he has become one of the better shot blockers in the league at guard putting shots off the backboard), but it's an excellent play by Wall to chase Cole down and put what Cole surely thought was an easy 2 into the 2nd row.

Credit to Mike Prada of SBNationDC for initially posting this.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

LaRon "Bane" Landry

By now, everyone is aware of the new installment of The Dark Knight featuring Hines Ward in a cameo. Those people are probably also aware of super-villain Bane. If you're not aware of Bane, he's a juicing, muscle-bound freak designed to destroy the Bat. Here's a pic of Bane:

Okay, my apologies, that's LaRon Landry, SS of the Washington Redskins. And yes, that's a linebacker shoved in the socket where his arm is supposed to be a-la Mr. Potato Head.

Here's another pic that LaRon Landry released of himself today via Twitter (@MrLandry30):

And here's the actual picture of Bane:

Before I continue, I'd like to kill this speculation that at least one, or both, of the pictures are Photoshopped. People on Twitter seem to be under the impression that the pics are faked because of the tattoo not being on LaRon Landry's right arm in the initial pic, but being on his "right arm" in the second pic. If you believe anything as retarded as that, you need to be evaluated on if you're safe to remain in the wilderness, or whether you need to be held in captivity.

The picture of Landry holding the jug of protein powder is taken by someone else (notice LaRon is not holding a camera of any sort?). The picture of LaRon Landry in the hat, is taken by himself, in a mirror. For those who don't understand the laws of a mirror, they reflect an image, meaning everything appears flipped. So LaRon's right arm does not have a tattoo, his left arm does, and his left arm is not visible in the photo without the hat.

Now, since that idiocy is out of the way, allow us to focus on the idiocy of LaRon Landry. I commented on Twitter, referencing Kevin Hart from the following video:

Kevin says it all. LaRon, you've ALREADY WON! STOP IT!

What concerns me more is that, I'm pretty sure LaRon isn't supposed to be as big as he's getting, playing safety in the NFL. I'm also concerned he works out too much, which damages the muscle instead of allowing it to heal. I'm also worried that he may not be working out his legs (I wouldn't think he'd be allowed to, at least not power-lifting), so his muscle mass isn't proportionate. There's a number of things wrong with all of this, but I'm also worried because, while I understand it's possible to get this big lifting clean and I'd hate to post this here on the site, it IS a major concern of natural, common sense... is LaRon Landry taking this Bane gimmick a little too serious and adding bulk with the help of something like HGH (see Chris Brown? My "speculation" has basis)? I'd hope not, and I hope that he is doing this clean since he's doing it at all... but I really wish he wasn't doing this.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

So Tomorrow Is Ash Wednesday...

Firstly, Happy Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day/Fat Tuesday - whatever you wish to call it!

Now onto tomorrow.. I always get criticised because I'm (supposed to be) a Hindu and I still celebrate all the festivals that my Christian/Catholic friends do, but I assimilate into my environment. How can you expect a child aged 4-11 to not want to celebrate or join in with what their peers regard as normal? You can't, hence why I still do it, it's a part of me now!

Anyways, that aside, I love to see if I can last the whole 40 days, I really admire those that do! So this year, I'm going to give up... Fizzy drinks, crisps (chips to the Americans) and bread for breakfast (except on weekends - bread is the only thing that I can eat at 8am and will last me until 2pm when I'm at work).

And in honour of the new style Lent, I'm going to take up... Zumba more regularly (at least 3 times a week!), being more organised, making sure I'm on time for events again and being more productive!

How about you all? What are you giving or taking up?

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Obama takes tougher stance on higher education - Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Access to college has been the driving force in federal higher education policy for decades. But the Obama administration is pushing a fundamental agenda shift that aggressively brings a new question into the debate: What are people getting for their money?

Students with loans are graduating on average with more than $25,000 in debt. The federal government pours $140 billion annually into federal grants and loans. Unemployment remains high, yet there are projected shortages in many industries with some high-tech companies already complaining about a lack of highly trained workers.


You all should already know my thoughts on education. It pisses me off, at every level. But addressing the cost, the fail-rate, the reasons for why people drop out, the percentage of people who successfully pay off their debts, is the first step in correcting the United States atrocious education system.

Jeremy Linvigoration

It’s common knowledge now that more than half of the world is #Linsane.

For the past two weeks, it seems like the talk of not just the city, [but] the world, has been Jeremy Lin, the linvigorating new starting point guard for the New York Knicks. His name and story have dominated everything from NBA on TNT, to NBATV, to ESPN & their tasteless employees cracking racially-fueled jokes in their article headlines, to the NFL (3 articles on the main page of nfl.com and constant mentions on NFLNetwork). That’s right—the lintense coverage continues to captivate everyone.

This mass coverage has drawn hate and love from everyone. We’ve all spoken our piece on the 2nd year pro out of Harvard. Most people refuse to speak with any rudimentary understanding of exactly how impressive he has been. [BTW, “linpressive” does not work.]

The media has made a mockery of Jeremy Lin, and they have exploited him beyond levels of recovery in many people. That doesn’t change the fact that what he has done over the past two weeks is play some of the finest basketball anyone has played over the same two-week course, any two-week course this season, and perhaps any two-week course ever.

Sure, you can bring up his turnovers all you want. Breaking down film of his turnovers, you’ll find that there’s a few of them every game that are legitimate great plays by the defense. However, the turnovers are skewed more by the simple fact that defenses show him the sort of attention no other player receives right now… the sort of attention Steve Nash is thanking God for not having seen night-in and night-out in this same exact offense. Add that to the fact that he is supposed to hold the ball, pass a lot, and try to make plays while drawing an extra defender (or three) and it’s easy to forgive him more than half of his turnovers, unless you’re a die-hard Knicks fan of 13 days.

The most amazing stat though, is his Linning percentage since becoming the Knicks’ starter at Point Guard. He’s 8-2 by my count, and has hit 2 game winners, and piled on points in the 4th quarter alone in every game.

If you’re sick of the media coverage and exploitation of Lin, turn it off. I’m not here to add to the Linsanity, I’m simply asking you all to be reasonable in your judgment of the guy and consider being honest to the significant impact he has made on the Knicks, the NBA, Asian-Americans, and basketball fans in general. He will get better, and it’s not fair of us to hate on him because ESPN doesn’t know how to not make a comparison to him via every sport on the planet.

So we here at Don’t Laugh salute you, Jeremy Lin. Keep balling and winning games and captivating the world.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Facebook Parenting

Okay, I've waited long enough to post this one, it's about time I did.

First off, let me start by saying - best father ever! This guy is awesome. Secondly - BEST FATHER EVER!

All of his critics (you lame modernist, "punish your children with timeout and a loving chat" pricks) suggest he went too far by making her post public to the world and that he absolutely went too far and abused his child by putting multiple bullets into her laptop.

In my opinion, he didn't go far enough! Did you hear the things she said?

His child got on Facebook, posted a long rant with inappropriate language complaining about her luxurious life with a few chores on the side, and even went as far as saying she won't be there to take care of her father if he's ever in need of her when he's sick and dying. She was putting on a show for her friends on Facebook at her parents' expense, thinking they wouldn't ever come across it.

So what does Dad do? He makes her little tirade public (now seen by more than 23 million worldwide) and loaded her laptop full of bullet holes. Not one thing that he said in response to his daughter, or one bullet he put in her laptop, was out of line. BTW, you modernists should be happy... at least he didn't beat his daughter's face in (although, even that wouldn't be uncalled for).

I just want to say congratulations to this guy for his disciplinary actions. And children need to stop taking their parents for granted and thinking they're entitled to all of the finest things ever even before they're old enough to even drive. Yes, all kids go through phases like this, but that's why lessons need to be taught...

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Mock 2012 NFL Draft [Round 1]

Okay, it's finally here (version 1, at least)! It's the Mock 2012 NFL Draft of Don't Laugh, People.

This year, I'm not doing this so much as a draft board, and definitely not doing it as every pick is locked in. I will be doing this with possible trades included. So without further ado, Indianapolis, you're on the clock!

1. Indianapolis Colts select:
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This is not a guess, it's a guarantee. Three first-round picks won't pry this spot away from the Colts, nor will the release or retaining of QB Peyton Manning. Andrew Luck is believed to be the next Peyton Manning, whom the Colts know well enough, and they aren't going to take chances of not having a QB of that caliber for years to come.

2. St. Louis Rams select:
Matt Kalil, OT, USC
I may end up changing this into a trade in a later version of the draft, but for now I believe the Rams stay put where they are and get the best possible help for their stud QB Sam Bradford. Kalil's as sure a pick as the Rams can make in this draft, and that alone may keep them from giving the spot up for someone who wishes to get their hands on Robert Griffin III.

*Minnesota Vikings trade to Washington Redskins.

3. Washington Redskins select:
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
The Vikings will trade when they see the offer the Redskins make for this pick so they can stockpile talent around their own quarterback for a couple years. RG3 is the QB Redskins fans want, and he's the QB Redskins fans will get. His mobility and throwing ability make him a prime target and his athleticism and charisma will put seats in Snyder's stands for more years.

4. Cleveland Browns select:
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Browns need a WR. They will retain the rights to Peyton Hillis one way or another, and that will quench their thirst for a running back, at least momentarily. Blackmon provides Cleveland with a big-time target for whoever the QB is, and relieves some of the woes the offense has dealt with for several years.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select:
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
While popular thinking at this point is that the Buccaneers will get their hands on a corner as Barber is pondering retirement and Talib could be facing extensive time in prison, having Richardson fall into their lap will leave them salivating and chomping at the bit. A team could scoop in here with their own want of Richardson, but Tampa Bay will take the guy who can be a 1-2 punch with Blounte and help correct the offense's struggles of 2011.

6. Minnesota Vikings (from projected trade with Washington) select:
Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU
The Vikings' defense has been stout for a long time, but there's always been a woe or two. While I believe it more to be safety, the secondary has struggled regardless, and in a division with the Lions' pass attack, and the Packers' pass attack, it's on the secondary to help make plays when the front seven can't get it done. Claiborne's got special talent, and could be exactly what the Vikings' need to keep teams from scoring on them seemingly at will.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars select:
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
I can see the Jaguars taking a guy like Riley Reiff here, but they're a team in need of a WR to take the pressure off of Maurice Jones-Drew. Floyd is just the guy for this system, as he gives you a quick out on short routes when pressure is coming, sure hands over the middle, and a guy who can block downfield for a back who often finds himself 40+ yards away from the line of scrimmage.

*Carolina Panthers trade to Kansas City Chiefs

8. Kansas City Chiefs select:
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Martin is a guy who can end up being the best lineman in this draft with the right team and the right coaching. He'll benefit greatly from the Chiefs rushing attack as he's very underrated blocking in the run-game, but he will also elevate the play of the pass game

9. Miami Dolphins select:
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
This is a pick that could go either way, and they may be better off drafting an interior lineman rather than a DE, but Coples' potential is great, even tho his risk is as well. He could make the transition in scheme very smooth if his focus and energy is dedicated towards being a force to be reckoned with.

10. Buffalo Bills select:
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
There's not a lot of depth or name value at tackle in Buffalo, and Reiff will be a steal at 10 overall. The line certainly didn't help them late in the year, and tackle was inconsistent. Even if the Bills feel they have the pieces to be successful at tackle already, they won't turn down what is a sure upgrade.

11. Carolina Panthers (from projected trade with Kansas City) select:
Devon Still, DT, Penn State
They'll be willing to take Still at 8, so they'll still get their guy at 11 with added ammo later in the draft. While Beason's absence may be the primary reason the defense struggled to close out games in 2011, they'll benefit from another body up front who can give them more rotation and make life easier on the linebackers and secondary.

12. Seattle Seahawks select:
Michael Brockers, DL, LSU
Seattle will love this guy being here at 12, as his stock will only continue to rise leading into the draft and could land him at 9 instead, Brockers, who can play all four positions on the defensive line will give Seattle a great boost on defense and elevate the level of play of everyone around him.

13. Arizona Cardinals select:
David DeCastro, G, Stanford
The third Stanford player taken in the first 13 picks of the 2012 NFL Draft, DeCastro is a perfect fit for Arizona's offense and will give the Cardinals a physical athlete on the interior of their line to help make life a little easier.

14. Dallas Cowboys select:
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Dallas needs corners, and they need them bad. Newman can still play, but for how long? Mike Jenkins was literally beat up all year long, and even when he's healthy, he's not a tackler and he commits too many penalties. Kirkpatrick brings Dallas a long-armed corner with speed to keep up with most receivers, and a corner who likes to get physical and hit people. Rob Ryan is going to get his corner this year.

15. Philadelphia Eagles select:
Nick Perry, OLB, USC
The Eagles desperately need a linebacker to make the middle of the field more respectable. Perry showed a good ability to keep up with some good TE's and RB's this season, and he can rush around the edge to put pressure on the passer. I would have given this nod to Upshaw, but I feel he's better utilized rushing the passer, strictly, instead of chasing down TE's like Jason Witten and Fred Davis.

16. New York Jets select:
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Upshaw's perfect for Rex Ryan's 3-4, blitz-heavy scheme, and will finally give the Jets the talent at OLB that they've needed to make this defense work. Upshaw's one of the highest players on my talent-board in this draft, and even higher on the potential scale. He'll be an incredible steal here at 16, and would have been an incredible steal anywhere between 6-10.

17. Cincinnati Bengals select:
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
The Bengals have a great set of options here in the draft, but they'll get a solid selection in their secondary in Jenkins. Jenkins will be one of the most watched prospects at CB from this class, but I expect him to perform strong in Cincinnati where his talent in man-coverage will be beneficial.

18. San Diego Chargers select:
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
I'm assuming the Chargers finally lose Vincent Jackson, and will need to replace him with an electric performer. Wright is a guy who brings a lot to a team, and Rivers will love having an outlet like Wright who can take pressure off of him to stay in the pocket waiting for things to open up down field.

19. Chicago Bears select:
Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
The Bears need to do whatever they can to get better on the line, and they'll be upset having just missed out on Kendall Wright to elevate their receivers. But Jay Cutler needs to be hit less, and that starts up front, where the Bears have been among the worst over the last 3 years. It will also make life easier for Matt Forte to have a physical blocker like Glenn.

20. Tennessee Titans select:
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Munchak wasn't pleased with his O-Line, his specialty, and that's telling. The interior struggled the most, especially in the passing game, which is unacceptable. Konz will provide great protection to the QB, and it will give the run game a much needed spark.

21. Cincinnati Bengals select:
Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
While I think they could hold out until a later pick to grab LaMichael James, I think they'll go with the second best back in this year's draft here and pull in a guy like Miller who is a little more physical than James but still effective in the passing game. Miller's stock could still rise well above this spot, but I think Cincinnati needs him most, and he'll be a good fit in that offense.

22. Cleveland Browns select:
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Browns will look to clone what division and state rival Cincinnati did last year in the draft, and get a dynamic WR/QB combination. While I don't think Tannehill will start immediately, or even for a year or two, the Browns will be hard pressed to turn down the opportunity to pair him up with Blackmon. Tannehill gives you a threat on the ground as well, which should help open up that offense even more.

23. Detroit Lions select:
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Barron's got a red flag for a double hernia surgery, but he should be prepared to go eventually. Nothing that says a 1st round pick HAS to start their rookie season, every snap. The Lions need a disciplined DB, and one who can tackle. Barron is a violent hitter, but a smart tackler, and he's very disciplined in coverage.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers select:
Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
I've got to give credit to SBNation for this selection. While I considered throwing Sanu to the Steelers here because of the uncertainty of Hines Ward's future, it's hard to doubt that the Steelers get infatuated with a dominant nose tackle in this draft early. Casey Hampton's not getting younger and the defense looked slow and gave up some rush yards at times, it would be smart to groom your next NT.

25. Denver Broncos select:
Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
The Broncos have a variety of possible selections here, but Kuechly, who will see his stock rise in the next month and a half, will be a great pick for the Broncos. His presence will be for depth purposes initially, but he's talented enough to take away playing time and attack beside Von Miller to shore up the defense a bit more.

26. Houston Texans select:
Jerel Worthy, DE, Michigan State
The Texans will convert Worthy to an OLB to add another pass rusher. He will be in transition, going from a 4-3 to a 3-4, but they will look to do with him what the Redskins have done with Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, also what Dallas was able to do with DeMarcus Ware, whom Wade Phillips is more than familiar with.

27. New England Patriots select:
Fletcher Cox, DE, Mississippi State
The Patriots desperately need more linemen for the 4-3, rather than the 3-4. One of the many reasons this team struggled this year is because the line wasn't made to rush the passer in a 4-man front. Cox is a perfect fit for the scheme, and would be great lining up beside New England's large, dominant tackles.

28. Green Bay Packers select:
Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
Crick is a big guy who can contribute to a solid rotation at End in Green Bay's 3-4 front. He's also agile enough to make plays vs. the pass, but they'll look mainly to utilize him to stuff the run and make life Hell on Sundays for backs like Forte & Peterson.

29. Baltimore Ravens select:
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
The Ravens will grab another passing threat. Defensively, they're always better than we think them to be. They hung in there with one of the most powerful pass attacks from this season in the Patriots giving the offense chances to ice and win the game. There will be a WR or two gone in Baltimore, so drafting a guy like Sanu, who is an "all-around" receiver who can also block for Ray Rice, would be a favorable pick and possibly a huge steal.

30. San Francisco 49ers select:
Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
The 49ers are going to need a receiving threat to really open the offense up. Crabtree still isn't the WR the 49ers needed him to be, regardless if Alex Smith is at all responsible for that, and the 49ers could lose Josh Morgan in free agency. Randle is a tall WR with pretty good speed and hands, and he could be a big time target in the redzone, where the 49ers weren't great through the air. It would certainly take pressure off of the run game after marching down the field time and time again.

31. New England Patriots select:
Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Dennard's a solid man-coverage corner, who can run with a lot of receivers. New England desperately needs help in the secondary; they'll find it in Dennard. He likes to jam, and if Belichik is as wise defensively as everyone believes him to be, you might have a guy here who can play close to the level of that league's best corner in your own division... MIGHT being the keyword.

32. New York Giants select:
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
This isn't necessarily a position of need, but I don't really see where the Giants have need other than the offensive line. There are two Tackles on the roster who are up there in age, one who isn't starting, and both could move to guard, which the Giants may need as well. Adams also can play inside, but depth on the line is the best move for a Super Bowl champion, after all, you were good enough all-around to have just won the title in one of the most remarkable playoff runs in NFL history.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day 2012!

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine's Day, whether you're celebrating or not.

Last year I posted up one of my favourite songs, and this year, I'm going to post another from the same artist.

Whatever you're doing today, whether you're doing anything at all, enjoy yourselves, life is far too short not to!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Peyton Manning to the Redskins – Risk or Reward?

Everyone has heard the talk—Peyton Manning will be a free agent very soon. And when Manning becomes a free agent, he will arguably be the highest valued free agent, perhaps ever.

But before I get started on all of this, I want to make a few points perfectly clear.

Peyton Manning will not be returning to football if he’s unable to perform at a high level that both he and the team feel is required in order to make a run at Super Bowls. The first sign that Manning feels he’s not going to be able to do that, he will file his papers for retirement. That’s just the competitor he is, and the honest man he is.

Peyton Manning did not break his neck. Peyton Manning had a degenerative issue in the bone and nerves in his neck, causing a pinching of the unprotected nerve(s) and a grinding of the vertebrae in his neck. The standard procedure for this injury is typically to insert a steel plate/rods into the neck along with bone-graphing, a procedure which has prolonged several athletes careers 4-5 years. Peyton Manning opted not to have the steel plate or steel rods inserted into his neck, instead had the bone-graphing and a stem cell treatment which was used to both stop the degeneration of the fat around the nerve(s) and the bones, and the reverse the degeneration and regenerate. Contrary to beliefs that Manning needed the last surgery to further stop degeneration, the problem was that regeneration had started but not finished. Manning’s vertebrae are healed, and he’s now waiting on nerve regeneration, which doctors assume will be complete soon. Manning being hit is at no greater risk of paralysis or life-threatening injury than any other player in the National Football League.

Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way…

It’s no stretch of the truth that everybody has an opinion on Peyton Manning’s future right now. It’s currently the most talked about topic in sports. It even overshadowed the week leading up to the Super Bowl, and Eli Manning was asked more about that (not really, but may as well have been) than he was the game itself.

So, what do I think of Peyton Manning coming to the Redskins?

I think it is a genius move. Peyton Manning is a record 4-time NFL MVP, a Super Bowl champion, a Super Bowl MVP, and holds many league passing records, and is the closest to threatening most of Brett Favre’s records. Peyton Manning is widely regarded as the greatest regular-season quarterback in the NFL, and the knocks he receives for his playoff performances, I don’t give credence to, because playoff games are won with a run game and defense, something the Colts clearly don’t have. Many weaknesses on the team were exposed without Peyton Manning there, and it became more and more apparent that he truly is the MVP of his team, if not the entire league in general.

So would Manning fit with the Washington Redskins in the Shanahan’s scheme? Yes.

Peyton Manning isn’t the most mobile guy ever, but he’s always looked to pass first. He’s not fast, I won’t even begin to act like he is, but you don’t need speed to be successful in Shanahan’s offense. Rex Grossman isn’t fast, he’s not a threat to run, and Shanahan didn’t use much of the bootleg with Rex Grossman, yet Grossman was able to look somewhat competent in this scheme. What Grossman lacks outside of speed, Manning possesses at the highest level possible. And Manning CAN run the bootleg, because the bootleg is a product of a good run game which the Redskins appear to finally have, which draws a defense away from the quarterback’s bootleg side. Nonetheless, there are no rules specifying that the Shanahan’s have to run the bootleg. Furthermore, Mike Shanahan prefers the bootleg to mask a weakness in the pocket and expose a defense; Peyton Manning has no weakness in the pocket and exposes the defense well enough on his own.

Peyton Manning is as aware in the pocket as any quarterback in the NFL, and has as good of footwork in the pocket as anyone in the league. Manning is also argued one of the best decision makers in the history of the league, Rex Grossman is among one of the worst. Point being? Where Rex Grossman struggled this year, Peyton Manning will shine. And anything Rex can do good, Peyton can do best. The Redskins lost a handful of games by a score, or a play, with Rex Grossman. Peyton Manning wouldn’t have lost those handful of games, and would have been competitive in a few more of them. The Redskins also have a defense which battles and can keep teams from scoring, Peyton Manning can outscore most teams… it’s a win/win in terms of both phases of the game.

On to the run game. The staple of Shanahan’s zone-blocking offense, is the stretch run. Peyton Manning ran the stretch run for a number of years in Indianapolis and was very disappointed when the team let Edgerrin James go and removed the stretch run from the playbook. Bringing back that familiarity to Manning, with a run game that can limit the amount of plays he is personally taking hits, would be ideal for Peyton.

Do I believe both sides are destined to be together and a perfect fit? No. Could they be? Sure. Are there concerns? Of course.

Any neck injury is serious, despite the points I made earlier. Not just physically, but mentally as well. This issue did start with an injury that went untreated and eventually got worse. That can happen again, and the rate of degeneration this time could be serious. We also don’t know exactly what the stem cell treatment that Peyton Manning had will do and how he will react to the numerous tolls his body will take this season.

Peyton is 36 years old, and that may limit him. Many think he could play 3-5 more years if his health is somewhere he’s extremely comfortable. If he’s at 100%, I’d lean more towards the 5 years, if less, it could be 3 or less.

Signing Peyton could mean you don’t go young at quarterback, which means you have to make that decision later when, theoretically, you could be a playoff or Super Bowl team, meaning your chances at landing a top pick don’t exist. There’s the possibility you could still go for your young guy this year even if you sign Manning. Tannehill needs to be on the bench for a couple seasons, so having him behind Manning would be wise, he’d learn from the best on how to prepare for the game. A guy like Robert Griffin III could still be in the mix as well if the Redskins are still willing to offer the farm for him. He is on record as saying he’d love to learn behind Peyton Manning, whether that be for 1 year or more, I don’t know.

But for now, all we can do is speculate. This is Peyton Manning we’re talking about, not Donovan McNabb. Again, Peyton will not play if his body cannot handle it. Mentally, he’s going to prepare for every game, which is one of the knocks against McNabb. If Manning is healthy, I don’t know that you can take a chance in not pursuing him.

You do still run the risk of being outbid for Robert Griffin III as well, and I maintain that any quarterback after he and Andrew Luck is a massive project who needs a couple years on the bench, so you would need a veteran anyways. As this plays out, the picture should become more clear, or perhaps more clouded. One thing is for certain, Washington has their share of opportunities to find someone to help them compete and win, whether in the short-term, mid-term, or long-term.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LaRon Landry Discusses His Current State With The Redskins With Bleacher Report

Check the link, read up. Apparently LaRon Landry insists the team isn't telling the entire story, and won't pay for his treatment because it wasn't the treatment he wanted. However, he wants to remain with the team and maintains the treatment he is going through is the best for him, his career, the team, etc. He'd rather do this before going under the knife and losing a year & a half before he can even begin working out again.

From that perspective, if 100% truthful (and I can only take LaRon at his word right now), I can see where LaRon is coming from. It supports this rumored theory that perhaps 30 is afraid of surgery (who isn't?) although I won't speculate further on that other than to say he never said he was against having that done, but he'd rather it be a last resort. I prefer seeing LaRon get healthy at any cost, but I'm a fan.

I assumed earlier that this treatment didn't work last year, but the timetable we had said he would have recovered and Landry told people his achilles was eventually at 100%, so why the breakdown? Did the treatment not work? Or was he never really at 100%? Either way, you might be able to call foul on 30 for that one. However, perhaps he felt like he was there and it wasn't. 95% and 100% is hard to differentiate when you're anxious and fueling an adrenaline rush.

As a fan, I hope LaRon does get healthy and I hope he does get another year at the very least to work this out with the team. What I took from this is that he felt hurt and almost betrayed that they wouldn't let him seek his best interests, and I get the sense that LaRon genuinely cares for this team, organization, coaches, and this city. That belief will be tested if the team offers him a contract and he makes his decision; but I'd hope LaRon would be smart enough to stick around here and get everything sorted out and earn his massive payday and redeem whoever is to blame in this situation (assuming anyone is to blame for anything).

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Court Overturns Prop. 8 In California, Says State Can’t Ban Gay Marriage

The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down the state's voter-passed ban on gay marriage, ruling 2-1 that it violates the rights of gay Californians.

"Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples," Judge Reinhardt wrote in the decision. The Court concludes that the law violates the 14th Amendment rights of gay couples to equal protection under the law. Gay marriage will still not be allowed in the state, leaving time for Prop 8 defenders to challenge the decision. Read More on Yahoo!


Prop 8 has fallen, and California has been told that it is unconstitutional and violates rights. I think most assumed this would happen, but the real fact of the matter is that it's still not legal for same-sex couples to get married in the state of California, which I'm sure most assume will also be toppled soon enough.

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Beyonce Makes First Post-Baby Appearance in New York City

"And now our assumptions are confirmed: Beyonce looks amazing after giving birth to a baby.

Bey-Bey made her first public appearance Monday night to celebrate hubby Jay-Z's anticipated shows at Carnegie Hall to benefit United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Read More from E! Online


She looks beautiful, as if we're allowed to expect any less. Also a bit fuller in all those necessary places for being a mother. Congrats from us here at Don't Laugh for the kid and the iconic... figure... Hope you all enjoy the photo.

Also, congrats to Jay-Z for his gig at Carnegie Hall. That's a huge deal for anyone, but for someone in Hip Hop? I could be wrong but I believe that's groundbreaking, trailblazing... Jay continues to dominate this lifestyle and set standards and open new doors for other artists.

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The Amazing Spider-Man

This summer, Columbia is releasing The Amazing Spider-Man.

This looks a lot better than what the trilogy was able to do. The focus is on the story of what happened to Peter Parker's parents. And if I'm at all correct based on the rumor I heard, this version of Peter Parker/Spiderman will be the one Stan Lee was able to talk into getting the cameo in The Avengers to set up his greater role down the line.

Now I'm only praying he can work magic with the cast from X-Men, in particular Hugh Jackman as Wolverine... and we're going to need Michael Fassbender as Magneto as well.

But I'm not going to take too much more away from The Amazing Spider-Man. It looks like it's going to be a good film. Looks like it will be 3D which should make the swinging scenes look even cooler in the 1st person POV they hinted at, but 2D should be fine too. Definitely looking forward to it though. Doesn't hurt to have Emma Stone in it either.

Update: Yes, 3D. Trailer below verifying it from Sony:

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Dear Viewers

I want to take this time out to say thank you to all of you who view and support my blog.

I started this venture with mighty ambitions, dreams of reaching heights unreached and unmatchable. I’ll be honest with you though, and admit that I lost sight of it a few times, especially in this past year. I wanted to go somewhere with Don’t Laugh, People that was groundbreaking and revolutionary, and there were times when I felt like I wasted time and money in my search for success. Certain aspirations have taken longer than I wished they would, others still haven’t come out of my mind for a plethora of reasons. Even as recent as two months ago, I felt like I wanted to shut this down and head in another direction, or I considered moving from Blogger to Wordpress (a move I’m not entirely opposed to yet as I still see great opportunity there).

I owe it to all of you to be honest about this. I owe it to our own Enigma to be honest about this (something I’ve caught flack for in the last couple of months). I owe it to myself to be honest about this. I almost gave up a couple times. I almost accepted that our foundation, basis, and goals weren’t good enough or weren’t likely. I almost accepted in humility that no matter how arrogant I am, I’m not in any position to dictate my future of success.

Success is about those around you being successful. Success is dependent upon success. Success is only as good as the weakest link around you, and you should always strive for others to be successful. I’ve spent time helping do my part in making others successful, as large or small a part it may be. I’m no cog to the wheel or key to the door to any of them, I’m simply a factor in support. But my own personal success will help them achieve new heights, and hopefully their new heights will repay to my own new heights.

I strive to reach beyond the stars. My dreams are of Stephen Hawking’s ambitions, to reach as far as physics will allow us. The stars aren’t enough: I want the birthplace of our universe. And in doing so, I want those who support me, and those who I’ve supported, to reach the same destination. I want what Kobe expresses in the Kobe System… over the top success.

I thank you all for turning out en masse with me when I was the most down on Don’t Laugh, People and we were at a low-point. You helped me reach self-record highs here on the site for views, and I pray that trend continues. I more than doubled my previous high, I hope to more than triple this one soon enough. I hope this new layout (thanks again to Ryan from WECU) helps bring you all back. I hope the work that Enigma and I put in here help to bring you all back. And I hope our future ambitions help to inspire you all to be successful with us, so we can all grow and achieve.

Thank you all, humbly from me, on behalf of Enigma, for helping keep me confident and enthusiastic as I strive to achieve all that I aspire with Don’t Laugh, People.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

NFL Predictions - Super Bowl XLVI

Enigma's Selection:

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

Sean's Selection:

New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

My prediction is not my hope... I'm just being logical and picking who I think has the best chance at winning. The Giants are the more complete team, unfortunately. As a Redskins' fan, I'm hoping with everything that the Patriots win this, and as someone who literally can't stand Tom Brady, I'm hoping this is a sloppy performance from all involved, because the only way I could care less about this game is if it were the Cowboys playing the Patriots. There's always a bright side!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Evaluating the Redskins - Running Back

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Tight End
Wide Receiver

2010 saw literally no production from running back outside of Ryan Torain and an occasional burst from Keiland Williams. The position was overhauled with all but Torain in 2011 with draft additions of Roy Helu, Jr. and Evan Royster, and the addition of former Arizona Cardinals back Tim Hightower.

Ryan Torain - Started the season injured from a broken hand, and didn't see action until Hightower went down with a knee injury and had a very successful game against the Rams. Following that, however, was lackluster performance after lackluster performance where Torain was missing the burst, cuts, and losing yards constantly as he fought to create an edge that didn't exist. Torain finished the season released from the roster several weeks before the finale.
Grade: F

Tim Hightower - Hightower proved competent and durable, and knew the system well enough. He wasn't bad in the passing game either. However, darker days in the run game left many fans longing for Hightower's return, not realizing that in his performances when healthy, he was never a tremendously exceptional producer. In fact, his best day came against the Cardinals when Helu spelled him and ripped off huge yardage himself in both the run-game and pass-game to wear down the defense and provide a change of pace. However, an entire offseason for Hightower and an offer to bring him back would likely draw more production out of the big, local back, not to mention there's plenty of competition in the younger guys on the team.
Grade: C+

Roy Helu - Helu quickly became a fan favorite after his early performances, but as fast as he gained attention, he was taken out of the gameplan for an overly pass-happy Kyle Shanahan and didn't see much action until late in the year. Helu didn't provide much in terms of points (not as though anyone else did) but he showed a spark and the hint at breaking a bunch of long ones had blocking maybe held up or maybe had we stuck with the run just a little more. He's decisive and anticipates the hole to open up before it actually does, often guessing right. He's got really good hands (he set the Redskins' franchise record for receptions in a game with 14), and he got better pass-blocking as the season went on. He ended the year a little banged up though, especially his leg, but he still turned in one of the most impressive plays of the offense this year WITH a bad wheel, outrunning everyone on his way to a long touchdown on a screen pass. He also became the Redskins' first rookie in decades to rush for 100+ yards in 3 consecutive games. Helu with more carries and a good spell could definitely be a franchise back.
Grade: B

Evan Royster - Royster spent the bulk of the year on the practice squad, and started the final two games of the season after the release of Torain and injuries limited Helu. Royster picked up where Helu left off and ran for 100+ yards in each of his 2 starts with the team. Royster had an insane 6.4 yards per carry average, as he constantly ripped off big gains. He ran a little more powerful than Helu, straightline, but showed a gear we didn't realize he had and proved to be a lot faster & quicker than most thought he was. It came with a price though, as he continually lost his balance and tripped up, often in open field. Once he learns to play with his feet under him at a more appropriate speed in traffic, he'll start ripping long ones.
Grade: B-

Overall grade for backs? C, to be fair to the fact that Torain was on our roster this season. I said in my draft recap that Mike Shanahan may have drafted 2 future franchise running backs in 1 go... and while we're a long way from truly determining that, we're well into an evaluation where that looks like favorable foresight. Shanahan may have his deepest position battle next season at running back, with 3 competent guys who can get the job done. He may have opportunities to trade one as well for good return, but I'm hoping we can watch Helu & Royster run for years in Burgundy & Gold.

Next up: Quarterback

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