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  1. you've posted some really stupid shit but this one is light years dumber than most. Congrats.
  2. Right on cue, MAGATs salting the earth with " the only way we can lose is if the other side cheats". Why bother with elections at all, just appoint MAGATs for life amirite? Who funds the Federalist?
  3. so, we should be able to vote on whether abortion is legal or not. I'd live with those results.
  4. dude, he's a troll. he knows all this shit he posts are a complete fabrications. its a cult.
  5. this coming from the guy that runs his mouth on fatfuk's balls everyday. god you MAGATs lack self awareness.
  6. it doesnt matter. MAGATs will say, with a straight face, water is not wet in order to push their false narratives.
  7. lol, he gave sworn testimony that it was bullshit and the fatfuk was dethatched from from reality, that it was so stupid he couldnt stop laughing, but he is somehow "walking it back" on tv so that's what we should believe? i cant tell whether you are extremely stupid or simply gullible. Heck, who says I should have to choose, let's go with both!
  8. there was no expansion. NATO is not in Ukraine. That was an excuse for a land grab that if left unchallenged, would be continued there and elsewhere. Nevertheless, you havent explained how sub based nukes arent a threat to costal US or why a few hundred miles would make a single bit of difference in the use of tactical nukes.
  9. cause they dont have subs that do that any time they want? that the difference in a few hundred miles for a tactical nuke is exactly what?
  10. lol. just incredible. hard core MAGATs are fucking delusional in the extreme. Philly's dumbest is def not on team normal. “He’s become detached from reality if he really believes this stuff,” William P. Barr, the former attorney general, said of Mr. Trump during a videotaped interview the panel played on Monday, in which he at one point could not control his laughter at the absurdity of the claims that the former president was making. “There was never an indication of interest in what the actual facts were,” Mr. Barr said. the president took the advice of Rudolph W. Giuliani — his personal lawyer who was, according to Jason Miller, a top campaign aide, “definitely intoxicated” #drunkRudy
  11. she hasnt fucked him this century, if ever
  12. MAGATs cant let go of the hunter story yet they got crickets for this. just refer to HB as the piker cause he cant hold a candle to the mega-grifters... Six months after leaving the White House, Jared Kushner secured a $2 billion investment from a fund led by the Saudi crown prince, a close ally during the Trump administration, despite objections from the fund’s advisers about the merits of the deal. A panel that screens investments for the main Saudi sovereign wealth fund cited concerns about the proposed deal with Mr. Kushner’s newly formed private equity firm, Affinity Partners, previously undisclosed documents show. Those objections included: “the inexperience of the Affinity Fund management”; the possibility that the kingdom would be responsible for “the bulk of the investment and risk”; due diligence on the fledgling firm’s operations that found them “unsatisfactory in all aspects”; a proposed asset management fee that “seems excessive”; and “public relations risks” from Mr. Kushner’s prior role as a senior adviser to his father-in-law, former President Donald J. Trump, according to minutes of the panel’s meeting last June 30. But days later the full board of the $620 billion Public Investment Fund — led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler and a beneficiary of Mr. Kushner’s support when he worked as a White House adviser — overruled the panel. Ethics experts say that such a deal creates the appearance of potential payback for Mr. Kushner’s actions in the White House — or of a bid for future favor if Mr. Trump seeks and wins another presidential term in 2024. lol, the appearance of payback????
  13. The most frequently asked question dropped into The Satchel was answered before I could get around to it. Matthew Fairburn will be our next Sabres beat reporter. He replaces John Vogl, who transitioned to The Athletic’s copy desk last month. As much as I hate that John won’t be writing anymore, I’m excited about Matthew’s return. I’ve missed him since he left the Bills beat to cover the Patriots closer to his Massachusetts hometown. But he couldn’t stay away. With that settled, let’s see what else is on your minds lately. Is there any truth to the rumor of the Pegulas selling the Sabres? If so, who are potential buyers and what is the risk of relocation? — Adam Z. Now that the details of the Bills’ new stadium have been finalized, do you believe the Pegulas will sell the Sabres, or sell part of the team? — Joey M. Much to the bemusement of the Pegulas and their executives, these rumors have been roiling in Western New York for about a year. People I trust on many matters assure me they’ve heard on good authority the Pegulas are selling the Sabres, are selling a piece of the Sabres, need to sell the Sabres, will sell the Sabres once the Bills’ stadium deal is finalized, will sell the Sabres, sell the Sabres, sell the Sabres. Even so, I never take second- or third-hand information as gospel. Hell, I don’t always believe first-hand information from my mother. Terry Pegula doesn’t sound like someone who’s about to sell the Sabres. (Mark Konezny / USA Today) The Pegulas and their top lieutenants have been 100 percent consistent each time I’ve gone to them to vet any tip the Sabres are on the market. In March at the NFL owners’ meetings, Pegula Sports and Entertainment executive vice president Ron Raccuia told a bank of television cameras and reporters’ microphones the Sabres are not for sale. He was succinct and short when asked: “No.” As someone who’s cognizant of semantics — I’ve dealt with Don King and Darcy Regier for a living — I know how words can be minced. Was Raccuia saying the Sabres are not for sale at this very moment? He didn’t say they won’t be for sale eventually, did he? So I asked him again over the weekend. Raccuia reiterated the Sabres are not for sale, “not today and not once the stadium deal is finalized.” I’ll also add I had a lengthy, off-the-record Sabres conversation with Terry Pegula at the NFL owners’ meetings, just chit-chat about the club and where he thinks they’re headed. Since he wasn’t being interviewed, I won’t share any specific comments Pegula made, but I don’t think he would mind me noting his excitement about the Sabres’ future and that he didn’t sound one bit like a man who wasn’t going to remain the owner. Will acoustical engineers be involved in the design/construction of the new stadium to weaponize the crowd noise? — Matthew M. “Weaponized crowd noise” sounds pretty badass. I’m unsure if heads of opposing quarterbacks will explode inside their helmets, but Raccuia tells me that, yes, you’re onto something. He says sound folks are working with the design team at Populous, the architecture firm hired by the Bills. Who’s on the Mount Rushmore of entertaining Buffalo sports figures to interview during your career? — Will S. Daniel Briere: This was perhaps the most important professional relationship of my career. Briere, the Sabres co-captain during their back-to-back Eastern Conference Final seasons, treated me with great respect. He trusted me with information most athletes are skittish about sharing. Briere’s teammates took note of this and, along with leaders such as Chris Drury, Jay McKee and Martin Biron, realized “if these guys can trust Tim, then I can too.” Stevie Johnson: The first Bills receiver to gain 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons was flamboyant, engaging, funny and insightful. He didn’t hide after difficult losses. I’ll never forget the raw emotion when he insisted on addressing his dropped touchdown against Pittsburgh in 2010. That resonated with me. You never knew what he might say, like when he said after a 2012 loss in Indianapolis that Chan Gailey should stop calling plays and let Ryan Fitzpatrick do it. Johnson was one-of-a-kind. Lee Smith: The most DGAF, hilarious player I’ve ever covered. Rob Ray and Richie Incognito were monastic by comparison. Nobody could crow after a victory like Smith, but he was straightforward after losses too. Plus, he knew he didn’t need to censor himself when cameras weren’t around. So he unleashed his words more than he uttered them, Ohio Valley euphemisms and all. Lindy Ruff: Nobody channeled media influence back into his team like the Sabres’ most successful coach. After practices, we spoke with Ruff before we were allowed into the dressing room. This allowed him to set the agenda for that day’s coverage by offering up an insightful angle or saying something provocative. He wasn’t above calling out a player by name in hopes of motivating him. On game nights, NHL rules mandate quick player access, meaning Ruff would talk later. It was common for me to think, entering Ruff’s postgame news conference, that I knew which player quotes would carry my story, only to have him command the headline. What do you miss most about the sports journalism world, pre-Twitter? — Matthew L. Thankfully, this isn’t the case at The Athletic much — we are given time to devise unique angles and report them out through research and interviews — but the immediacy of social media has damaged print journalism in general. The form has deteriorated because the writing process is increasingly rushed. A priority on churning out quick copy has eclipsed effective reporting. Twitter propelled the rise of quick-hit insiders, who shovel injury updates and contract extensions into two sentences and then move on to the next fleeting scoop. This, in turn, has emphasized aggregation. Many beat reporters have lost the drive to break news. Some don’t even try to compete anymore. Editors push them to simply type up information broken by bigger outlets. Networking becomes less important in that scenario. Digging for facts gives way to delivering a distant, navel-gazed take. Again, that’s a general observation. There remain myriad talented print journalists out there worthy of admiration. What is your favorite sport to cover? You write so well it’s hard to tell. I’m going with boxing. Your thoughts? — Joseph B. That’s incredibly kind of you to write, Joseph. The appearance of knowledge is critical in my profession. In March, I had to fake my way through NCAA basketball coverage and felt a tad awkward back in the Sabres press box after all that time away. My basketball and hockey muscles have atrophied after covering the NFL so much the past 15 years. Boxing is tucked even farther back in my cobwebbed skull. I used to be able to recite the top three or four fighters in most weight classes. Now, I don’t recognize all the names on the pay-per-view cards. But for a single event? Nothing has gotten me more juiced to write than boxing. The energy is unmatched. Surrounded by those ropes is a whorl of ego, fear, survival and blood condensed into just an hour, yet the fight can end any second. Whatever transpires in the ring always seemed to pass right from my eyes into my keyboard more than any Super Bowl, NHL postseason or croquet match I’ve covered. Where do you think the Sabres end up in the standings next year? Lotto team, about the same, bubble but out, No. 8 seed? How much of your answer is dependent on who they get between the pipes? Can you even hazard a guess without knowing who will be in net? — Michael F. Buffalo’s goaltender plans are crucial to assessing 2022-23, but let’s talk this out … The Sabres finished their campaign with smiles, a strange phenomenon for a club that didn’t reach the playoffs for a bazillionth straight spring, but the attitude underscores rising belief in the future. Players are buying in to the organization. That’s why I’m confident the Sabres will neither be a lottery team again nor tread water. The Sabres will be better. Young regulars will develop. Top prospects should emerge as full-time NHLers. Leaders such as Kyle Okposo and Alex Tuch will continue to mold an identity of respect. Can I then skip over the bubble option and put them in the playoff field next season? No, I can’t get there, especially without knowing the goalie situation. The Sabres still finished 25 points out of a wild-card berth this year. That’s a lot of points to make up. So my prediction is going to be, barring a dramatic move between the pipes, a bubble team that keeps games meaningful into April for the first time since iPhone 4. Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen is the safe answer for who’s in goal for the Sabres for their season opener. (Timothy T. Ludwig / USA Today) Who is in goal for the Sabres in the season opener? Both safe and unexpected answers preferred! — Mark N. The safest answer is Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen. He’s on the roster. He’s in their plans. He’s ready to be an NHL goaltender. Is he the backup? Maybe, but he’s the only legitimate name I can work with at the moment. As for veteran free agents, these played more than 20 NHL games and aren’t named Craig Anderson or Dustin Tokarski: Darcy Kuemper, Avalanche Marc-Andre Fleury, Wild Jack Campbell, Maple Leafs Mikko Koskinen, Oilers Ville Husso, Blues Scott Wedgewood, Stars Martin Jones, Flyers Thomas Greiss, Red Wings Casey DeSmith, Penguins Braden Holtby, Stars A few interesting trade possibilities: John Gibson, Ducks Connor Hellebuyck, Jets Semyon Varlamov, Islanders Unexpected but fun to consider? Trading for Jonathan Quick, who’s entering the final year of his contract and with Cal Petersen emerging in Los Angeles, trading for old friend Robin Lehner or re-signing Malcolm Subban to open the season by singing both national anthems before pulling his mask down for the faceoff. As a lifelong Bills fan who has never been to Buffalo, which game would you pick on the schedule to attend this year and why? Not a huge fan of freezing weather, but would a late November/December game give me a more authentic experience? — Dan M. All three AFC East home games happen from Dec. 11 on. They all could be mismatches anyway. Rule those out. That said, don’t overrate the late summer/early autumn weather. You never can tell. While that’s my favorite time of year in Western New York, anybody who banked on warmth and sunshine last year at Highmark Stadium was disappointed by rain and/or wind most games. I’ll offer two suggestions based on degrees of mayhem. Both games are against NFL bluebloods with spirited, traveling fan bases that will create a wild atmosphere. Week 5 against the Steelers on Oct. 9: Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement takes some pizzazz out of the matchup, but the Bills-Steelers series has been entertaining. The Bills won prime-time games against the Steelers in 2019 and 2020, but lost to them last year on opening day. Week 8 against the Packers on Oct. 30: A marquee quarterback matchup between Josh Allen and two-time reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers on “Sunday Night Football.” If you dare to immerse yourself into a full-tilt, bonkers experience, then try this one. Bills Mafia will have been partying all day by kickoff — on Halloween weekend, no less. If Sean McDermott suffers another game-management snafu like kicking out of the end zone or running prevent D, can you see Brandon Beane ever breaking up with him? — G Preston R. The call wouldn’t be Beane’s to make. In the Bills’ organizational structure, Beane and McDermott answer to ownership individually. Any decision to part ways with McDermott would be made by the Pegulas. Or, in an indirect way, by Josh Allen. One can argue the franchise quarterback has overtaken McDermott as the most influential member of the organization. Buffalo’s dreams ride on Allen’s shoulders. McDermott and Beane have acquiesced to Allen’s wishes when it came to promoting quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey to offensive coordinator and were willing to name backup Davis Webb the next quarterbacks coach to keep Allen as comfortable as possible. I don’t see Allen as someone who will dictate demands to management, but if he ever feels the need, then I bet the front office will listen. Bills safety Jordan Poyer had five interceptions in 16 games last season. (Rich Barnes / USA Today) Is Jordan Poyer an outlier regarding “it’s time for me to get paid,” or will this spread and break apart the Bills before they can become big winners? — Fletcher D. Poyer’s contract stance doesn’t concern me. He is underpaid, and this is the best time for him to strike. He was voted All-Pro, turned 31 in April and has one year left on his contract. Poyer is scheduled to make $6.7 million in base salaries and bonuses, ranking 24th among all safeties in Spotrac’s contract database. McDermott has been diplomatic about Poyer’s absence from offseason workouts, and his teammates won’t resent him for staying away. They want him to make the money he deserves. Hi, Tim. I’m still moved by your Bjorn Nittmo article. The former Bill I wonder about is Brad Butler. It’s rare that a starter retires before the big contract. Have you ever heard about what happened to him? He said he was leaving to serve country, education and community at the time. — Superball P. You’ve done a great job at some really in-depth character stories. Are there any drought-era players that you would like to interview but haven’t? — Brendan F. Thank you for remembering the Bjorn Nittmo stories I wrote for the Buffalo News. I’m proud that his family trusted me to share the story of how his head injury impacted them all so severely. The connection I made with the Nittmos changed my life. I combined the above questions because the answers are directly related. I have wanted to tell Butler’s story since he retired after the 2009 season at 26 years old, but Buffalo’s former right guard wanted to leave that life completely behind. He wants to remain anonymous in his new life. Butler, a fifth-round pick in 2006, played only two games as a rookie. He won the job out of 2007 training camp and started 31 games. A knee injury in Week 2 ended his 2009 campaign. Butler majored in government at Virginia and was an intern in former U.S. representative and Bills Wall of Famer Jack Kemp’s office. My 10-year old son has reignited my interest in sports cards. The game has changed in the last 30 years. Were you a collector as a “yute”? Any player card you chased or held sacred? Interesting sports card/memorabilia stories you’ve encountered across your beats? I’ve learned that the market on Buffalo athletes is hot for cards at this time. QB17 fetches a nice price. It’s been fun getting excited about cards again. I look forward to once again wondering what in the heck we’re going to do with all of these cards in a decade or so. For now, we’ll continue the chase for the rare finds of top Bills/Sabres players! — Kurt C. Bubblegum cards were my introduction to sports and played a pivotal role in my career. I wasn’t much of a reader, but I devoured every statistic and anecdote on the back of each card I saw. I still have most of them, although a flooded basement a couple years ago sent some boxes to the recycling bin. A friend bought a pack of 1979 Topps football cards at a bodega and — upon not finding any of his beloved Browns — gave the bunch to me. I was hooked. I spent all of my allowance, looked for glass bottles to return for 10-cent deposits, kept my eye out for loose change around the house, begged my mom to buy a pack of football or baseball cards every time she went to the supermarket. I found team addresses in an almanac and mailed my doubles to players in hopes of an autograph. Expos catcher Gary Carter had a policy of answering all fan mail, so he was a frequent target. Bears running back Walter Payton, Seahawks receiver Steve Largent, Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey and Orioles manager Earl Weaver are others I remember fondly. In my teens, I fell in love with Dwight Gooden and Bo Jackson. My goal was to collect every version of their cards, but as the number of variants exploded, I abandoned my mission in the early 1990s. My son has a modest collection that he enjoys, but, as I type this, I realize he never has bought a pack on his own volition. I’ve bought them all as birthday or Christmas gifts and then enjoy checking out the haul after he’s torn through them. It’s super cool that this generation of Western New York kids like your son can get excited about collecting Bills and Sabres cards after so many long years of hoping those EJ Manuel, Sammy Watkins and Tyler Myers rookies would pan out.
  14. This entire load of shit is based on some biased asshole's "estimate" for which there is no methodology provided. Its just another lie in the long line of garbage posted by sakoflies. As usual, if this steaming pile of dogshit had one ounce of validity, someone would be in court providing the evidence and have the outcome changed. Wake us up when that happens.
  15. anyone know who was the president during the 2020 census??
  16. eat shit MAGAT, you and sackoflies are the only ones in this thread on your knees to a politician.
  17. "If we had confidence that the president did not commit a crime, we would have said so." Mueller explained that his office was bound by Justice Department regulations that prohibit a sitting president from indictment: “Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.” He was and is guilty of obstruction of justice, among other things. He got off on a bullshit technicality, which will not be available to him in Fulton Co, GA. But go ahead and keep swallowing his mushroom, you need to keep up with Fanback.
  18. Eat a bag of dicks, MAGATs Mr. Durham used the case to put forward a larger conspiracy: that there was a joint enterprise to essentially frame Mr. Trump for collusion with Russia by getting the F.B.I. to investigate the suspicions so reporters would write about it — a scheme involving the Clinton campaign; its opposition research firm, Fusion GPS; Mr. Sussmann; and a cybersecurity expert who brought the odd data and analysis to him. That insinuation thrilled supporters of Mr. Trump who share his view that the Russia investigation was a “hoax,” and have sought to conflate the actual inquiry with sometimes thin or dubious allegations. In reality, the Alfa Bank matter was a sideshow: The F.B.I. had already opened its inquiry on other grounds before Mr. Sussmann passed on the tip, and the final report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, made no mention of the Alfa Bank suspicions. But the case Mr. Durham and his team used to float their broad insinuations was thin — one count of making a false statement in a meeting with no other witnesses or contemporaneous notes. The evidence and arguments the lead prosecutor, Andrew DeFilippis, and his colleagues marshaled fell flat with the 12 jurors, who voted unanimously to find Mr. Sussmann not guilty.
  19. 3+ years and he couldn’t even convict one guy for one lie. Sad! Michael Sussmann Is Acquitted in Case Brought by Trump-Era Prosecutor
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