With the beginning of a new year, it’s time to look ahead and see what we might expect in 2021. We’ll start with some topics that will be coming up as 2020 approaches:
We’re back with the fourth edition of free-agent superlatives, and this year’s class is without a doubt the most outstanding we’ve seen in a long time. What isn’t so great is the possibility of a work stoppage on Dec. 1 at midnight, when the owners would lock out the players, halting transactions and contracts unless a last-minute agreement can be reached on a new CBA. Let’s look at some of the subplots and hope that the owners and players can come to an agreement on a new contract.
The following are the people who are most likely to obtain the best deal: Carlos Correa is a Colombian politician.
Back in spring training, this was hardly a certain conclusion. While one of the big-name shortstops was expected to win the biggest contract in free agency, all of them seemed to be capable of obtaining agreements worth close to or over $200 million. The following is how their seasons went:
Francisco Lindor: On April 1, Lindor agreed to a 10-year, $341 million contract deal with the Mets, avoiding free agency. Lindor, unfortunately for the Mets, batted just.230/.322/.412 as a 27-year-old, lost time with an oblique injury, and felt it was a good idea to “boo” the fans. The extension isn’t even scheduled to begin until 2022. Correa’s (Jon Rosen) and Corey Seager’s (Scott Boras) representatives will undoubtedly use the Lindor contract as a benchmark for their clients, but clubs may consider the agreement as more of a cautionary tale than a comparable example.
Correa: He had his greatest all-around season, hitting.279/.366/.485 while also playing 148 games after missing an average of 64 games each season from 2017 to 2019. Correa’s prior back concerns will be a long-term worry, and his slugging percentage has been inconsistent over the years:.512,.451,.550,.405,.568,.383,.485. His two greatest slugging seasons were in 2017 (when he played 109 games and maybe got some assistance) and 2019. (when he played just 75 games). Even so, he’ll be 27 on Opening Day, and his mix of defense and power is impossible to ignore.
Seager: He hit.306/.394/.521, but his otherwise stellar season was cut short when he fractured his hand and missed 65 games. Seager’s injury history, like that of Correa, raises questions. With a lower back ailment, he missed the 2017 NLCS, had Tommy John surgery in 2018, and suffered a hamstring injury in 2019. Seager hasn’t hit 20 home runs since 2017 due to injuries and COVID, and his career best is just 26. While his left-handed bat makes sense for the Yankees, it’s worth noting that Seager’s swing isn’t built for the stadium, as he only hit seven of his 16 home runs, and just three of them were to straightaway right field or down the line. Another long-term concern is how long he will remain at shortstop. He was in the ninth percentile among shortstops according to Statcast’s Outs Above Average measure. The Dodgers do an excellent job of placing their fielders, but Seager’s range is restricted, and it’s widely assumed that he’ll have to start his long-term contract at third base.
Trevor Story: From 2018 through 2020, Story led all shortstops in Baseball-Reference WAR with 15.7, but in 2021, he hit.251/.329/.471 while dealing with a shoulder issue that hampered his throwing. That puts evaluators in a difficult position when it comes to evaluating not just his offense, but also his defense away from Coors Field: He’s in the fourth percentile on Outs Above Average, but DRS (defensive runs saved) has him at plus-9 in 2021 and has always rated him as an above-average defender.
Javier Baez: From 2018 to 2020, Baez was second in shortstop WAR (13.8), but he needed to re-establish himself at the bat after a dreadful COVID season (.203/.238/.360). He did so, particularly after joining the Mets, but many doubt he can sustain the marginally better plate discipline he shown in New York. He’s also two years Correa’s senior. The Mets may try to re-sign him as a second baseman, but if he isn’t paired with Lindor, Baez will hunt for a position at shortstop somewhere.
Marcus Semien: The industry now mainly regards Semien as a second baseman after he established a record for second basemen with 45 home runs, won a Gold Glove, and finished in the top three of the MVP vote for the second time in three seasons. He’ll be 31 on Opening Day, so he won’t have as many years as Correa or Seager, but he’s tough (10 missed games in the last four seasons), a fantastic clubhouse person, and may be the most important of the bunch over the next three years.
In his top 50 free agent rankings, Kiley McDaniel predicts Correa will get less than $300 million, Seager will earn just over $200 million, and the other three will earn much less.
The MLB average OPS (excluding pitchers) was.739, but eight clubs, including the Yankees, had first basemen produce below that level, forcing them to make a decision on whether or not to keep Luke Voit. The idea is, even if that is the most probable outcome, don’t put Freeman in a Braves jersey just yet. If the Yankees lose out on Correa or Seager, Freeman may be a fallback option.
We all know how consistently excellent Freeman has been (his shortened 2020 MVP season stands out as the outlier, albeit in a good way). He’s also approaching his 32nd season, so the concern isn’t so much what he’s done as it is what he’ll accomplish in the future. The most apparent deal comparable is Paul Goldschmidt’s five-year, $130 million pact with the Cardinals, which spanned his age-32 through age-36 seasons. Goldschmidt had a 133 OPS+ from 29 to 31. (which included a down 2019 season after he signed the extension). He’ll be at 144 in 2020-21. So far, his worth has been constant.
Freeman reminds me of John Olerud in terms of his long-limbed frame and all-fields hitting approach, albeit Freeman has more power. Olerud had a 132 OPS+ through his age-31 season, while Freeman had a 138 OPS+ through his age-31 season. Olerud continued to play at that level for two more years. These are just two instances. Should we mention that Albert Pujols, who is 32 years old, departed the Cardinals for the Angels for his 32nd season? Or the fact that Miguel Cabrera’s last good season came at the age of 33? Or that Mark Teixeira had a 132 OPS+ until he was 31 years old, then a 107 after that? Naturally, Pujols and Cabrera faltered, and Teixeira was a different kind of hitter. Freeman should have many more years of great output ahead of him, but history shows that this isn’t always the case.
Best option for teams in need of a center fielder: Marte, the Starling
If you need a center fielder, the offseason isn’t ideal. Chris Taylor is the only other viable option after Marte, and most clubs will see him as a Swiss-knife utility player. But it’s a wonderful thing for Marte! He’s a one-of-a-kind player, coming off a 4.7-WAR season with the Marlins and A’s in which he hit.310/.383/.458 and stole 47 bases in 52 tries. As a center fielder or corner outfielder, he’ll have plenty of suitors. The Mariners, Yankees, Mets, and Phillies are among the teams that might utilize a center fielder. The Tigers might be a surprise bidder, and the Braves must determine if Cristian Pache can hit enough to warrant a contract. Marte would be ideal to play all over the outfield if the Giants don’t re-sign Kris Bryant. The Marlins (and A’s) could use him, but they’re not likely to pay for him.
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A few of cautionary notes. Marte got there with a.372 BABIP. 310 average, compared to.344 and.289 in previous years. He’s also entering his 33rd season, and center field is often a position for younger players. Brett Gardner was the only center fielder aged 33 or older who played 100 games in 2021. Lorenzo Cain (70 games) and Shogo Akiyama (60 games) were ranked second and third, respectively, on the list (44 games). Only Cain and Gardner, along with Jarred Dyson, played more than 80 games in 2019. Marte’s abilities are still unrivaled, as he scored in the 85th percentile in Outs Above Average and 83rd in sprint speed.
The pathetic productivity teams are prepared to accept from the DH spot is one facet of the game that continues to perplex me. The OPS of their DHs was below average for the Tigers (.537), A’s (.644), Rangers (.687), Mariners (.700), and Blue Jays (.707). A number of other American League clubs were just over the.739 mark. In over 600 plate appearances, the National League DHs combined for a.690 OPS. Many teams just cycle players through the position as a break from playing defense, but this means that offensive isn’t always maximized at the position. The Mariners, for example, are in desperate need of offense, and their designated hitters have been awful since Nelson Cruz departed, but president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto has already said that the club would utilize the DH spot to rotate players.
We’ve now arrived to Schwarber. Schwarber, who is coming off a.266/.374/.554 season with 32 home runs in 113 games, could draw attention from throughout the sport once the universal DH is implemented in 2022. Of course, he’s coming off a non-tendered season with the Cubs to save money, but he did smash 38 home runs and slugged.531 in 2019. Schwarber made a concentrated effort with the Nationals to be more aggressive early in the count, and it paid off with that record stretch in June when he hit 16 home runs in 18 games. What’s more interesting is that after joining the Red Sox, he drew almost as many walks (33) as strikeouts (39), resulting in a.435 on-base percentage in 41 games. If it is a genuine improvement in talent, you may be able to attain Freeman-like results for a third of the cost. Schwarber is expected to get a three-year, $45 million deal, according to Kiley. If I needed a middle-of-the-order bat, that trade would be ideal. Plus, he isn’t only a DH player. In left field, he’s competent, and he’s learning first base.
Nick Castellanos is a DH/corner outfielder who had a 3.2-WAR season last year. He might get paid a little more than Schwarber (three years, $54 million, according to Kiley), but keep in mind that 23 of his 34 home runs came at the cozy Great American Ball Park, and his aggressive approach could become problematic as his bat speed deteriorates, though a three-year deal should be safe.
Most likely to propel his team to victory: Max Scherzer is a German football player.
Even though beginning pitching has been undervalued in the playoffs, I normally prefer to choose a starting pitcher in this area. In 2019, I nominated Patrick Corbin, and the Nationals won the World Series, ka-ching! I chose Anthony Rendon in 2020, anticipating him to join with the Dodgers. Rather, the Dodgers acquired Mookie Betts and went on to win the World Series. The concept is sound, but the player is not. Trevor Bauer was the pick for 2021, but he got himself into legal trouble, which led to the Dodgers acquiring Max Scherzer, who came up with a dead arm in the playoffs at the worst possible moment.
In any case, Scherzer is the most powerful starter available, and because of his age, he’ll be available on a short-term deal — see Justin Verlander’s two-year, $66 million pact with the Astros in 2019, or Bauer’s convoluted three-year contract with the Dodgers. All of the major boys will be vying for his services, beginning with the Dodgers, followed by the Yankees, Red Sox, Angels, Astros, Mets, and maybe his hometown Cardinals. The Mariners and Tigers, both of which have money to spend, are deep sleeper teams.
What can we anticipate from him in his 37th season? He had a dead arm at the conclusion of the season, maybe as a consequence of his relief appearance in the division series. He threw through a strained hamstring in early September and had two brief stays on the IL with groin irritation and triceps pain. Due to a back ailment, he missed a few starts in 2019. All of these are small setbacks for a guy who has been very healthy throughout his career, but they do indicate that he is growing older. Only three 37-year-old pitchers have posted a 3.0-WAR season since 2010, and they are R.A. Dickey (5.7 in 2012), Hiroki Kuroda (5.3 in 2012), and Charlie Morton (4.2 in 2021). It’s just Kuroda and two relievers at 38. If you go back to 1995, you’ll see several Scherzer-like players: Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, and John Smoltz. Scherzer isn’t risk-free, as Verlander ultimately broke down in 2020, when he was 37 years old. The upside, on the other hand, is enormous.
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Conforto hit.265/.369/.495 and averaged 3.9 WAR/150 games from 2017 to 2020. He may have been in line for a multiyear contract for more than $100 million. In 2021, his stats dropped to.232/.344/.384 as the Mets’ stench rubbed off on him. His hard-hit rate (balls hit at 95 mph or greater) has been steadily declining since peaking at the 88th percentile in 2017, down to the 49th percentile in 2018-19, and down to the 39th percentile the last two seasons, according to Statcast data. His sprint pace has also slowed, indicating that he may be losing some of his abilities. Kiley expected a three-year, $51 million contract, so he’ll have plenty of cash to put into Rivian, but he could take the Mets’ qualifying offer instead.
The greatest bargain is most likely to be: Chris Taylor is a writer and a musician.
I selected Ha-Seong Kim, a Korean shortstop who signed with the Padres but failed at the bat, a year ago. Taylor is a touch too old to be a premium free agent (he’ll be 31 this season), but if he signs for Kiley’s projected three-year, $39 million deal, he’ll be a value for a guy who has generated 14.9 WAR since 2017 — more than Seager, Marte, or Conforto combined. Although his strikeout % is concerning, he is not a hacker (chasing rate of 92nd percentile), provides solid-to-plus defense all over the field, and can run and hit for adequate power. He’s also been a standout in the playoffs. The Dodgers offered him a qualifying offer, indicating that they want him back even if he declines it, but also lowering Taylor’s worth by requiring clubs to forego draft pick compensation if they sign him.
Carlos Rodon is the most likely to fail.
A year ago, Didi Gregorius was the right answer. Rodon was so brilliant in his return in 2021, finishing 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA in 1322/3 innings and whiffing hitters like a left-handed Bugs Bunny. I hope I’m mistaken (minus the slow ball). He was sidelined in August due to shoulder discomfort, and his velocity went down in September (though he was back up to 95 in a playoff start that lasted just 223 innings), so this is more about his health and endurance than his abilities. The White Sox did not issue a qualifying offer to Rodon, indicating that they are concerned about his long-term health.
Eddie Rosario was the one who helped himself the most in October.
Teams aren’t going to put too much stock in Eddie Rosario’s postseason performance, but it didn’t harm his stock. Getty Images/Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos
This is a hard area because front offices now are wiser than they were a decade ago, and they know not to overvalue one particularly hot month. Rosario was non-tendered by the Twins a year ago to save money, and his half-season with Cleveland didn’t exactly draw cheers. Then, in October, he hit.383/.456/.617 with eight walks (one intentional) and ten strikeouts. He seemed to be laser-focused on each pitch. His chase rate increased from 35% in the regular season to 30%, however that may not be meaningful over such a short sample size. His other numbers remained virtually same, so it wasn’t like he was a new Eddie Rosario. Even still, he seemed to be a player who could have to battle for a position before October. He’s now in line for a one-year, $10 million contract, maybe in Atlanta.
Robbie Ray is the most intriguing free agent of all.
Ray earned the Cy Young Award after leading the American League in ERA, strikeouts, innings thrown, and WHIP in 2020, although he also walked 7.8 hitters per nine innings and has a 4.00 lifetime ERA. Is he an ace, a quality mid-rotation starter, or whatever the 2020 version is called? There are a lot of parallels to Corbin, who had a great year in 2018 and inked a six-year, $140 million contract with the Nationals that… well, the Nationals got a ring out of it in 2019. As Kiley stated in his list of the best free agents, there are a lot of similarities to Corbin. Ray is more likely to sign the Hyun-Jin Ryu deal ($20 million each season, four years) than the Hyun-Jin Ryu contract ($20 million per season, five years, $100 million).
If baseball is a copycat sport, the Braves’ World Series victory in October with Tyler Matzek, A.J. Minter, and Will Smith dominating implies lefty relievers will become the new “Scott Hatteberg can play first base.” Chafin was a LOOGY for the Diamondbacks (70+ games every season from 2017 to 2019, but with a high of 52 innings thrown), but with the three-batter rule, he threw 682/3 innings and recorded a 1.83 ERA for the Cubs and A’s, keeping both lefties and righties to a batting average of less than.200. He’ll be more inexpensive (two-year deal estimated at $18 million), which will boost demand.
Albert Pujols is a baseball great seeking for work.
The Angels fired Pujols in May after he hit.196 in 24 games to start the season, and his career seemed to be finished. Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, A.J. Pollock, and Edwin Rios were all injured at the moment, so the Dodgers signed him four days later (the Dodgers signed Pujols the day after Seager landed on the IL with his broken hand). With the Dodgers, Pujols hit.254/.299/.460, which was a league-average OPS. With the Dodgers, he hit.304/.348/.568 versus southpaws (including the postseason). Although a platoon DH is still difficult to find in this age, maybe there is a niche for an all-time great like Pujols, who has stated his desire to continue playing. He can hardly run, and between 2018 and 2020, he batted just.235/.288/.453 versus lefties, but I believe he will be given an opportunity to play. If the DH does return to the NL, how about a Cardinals reunion, with him and Yadier Molina going out together?
Suicune V and Ludicolo is one of the few non-Eeveelution decks that can compete. While it retains the two Inteleon that are seen in virtually every main deck, it departs from the traditional Eeveelution meta. Despite the fact that the Suicune V deck lacks VMAX, Fusion Strike, Single Strike, or Rapid Strike cards, it has performed well in recent tournaments. It also doesn’t come against hard-counters very frequently due to its Water-typing, and it matches up well against any of the other decks in the 2022 Standard meta. In this article, I’ll walk you through the Suicune V and Ludicolo deck in Pokemon TCG Online, including the deck’s composition, how the major cards operate, and the best techniques for playing this deck in Standard.
Pokemon TCG Online deck lists for Suicune V and Ludicolo
In Pokemon TCG Online, here is a consistent deck list for Suicune V and Ludicolo:
****** Deck List for the Pokémon Trading Card Game ******
##Pokémon – a total of 20
4 Drizzile SSH 56 * 1 Inteleon SSH 58 * 2 Inteleon CRE 43 * 2 Ludicolo EVS 34 * 1 Lombre RCL 8 * 2 Lotad EVS 32 * 4 Sobble CRE 41 * 4 Suicune V EVS 31 * 4 Drizzile SSH 56 * 1 Inteleon SSH 58 * 2 Inteleon CRE 43 * 2 Ludicolo EVS 34
##Cards for Trainers – 31
* 2 Marnie CPA 56 * 4 Level Ball BST 129 * 4 Evolution Incense SSH 163 * 2 Professor’s Research SHF 60 * 1 Escape Rope BST 125 * 2 Rare Candy SSH 180 * 2 Boss’s Orders RCL 189 * 2 Scoop Up Net RCL 165 * 2 Cape of Toughness DAA 160 * 4 Quick Ball SSH 216
##Energy – 9 ##Energy – 9 ##Energy
* 4 DAA 201 Capture Energy Water Energy Energy 3 * 5
60 total cards
This deck will be simple to put together if you already have the Inteleon. You don’t require any VMAX or mechanic-specific cards, and having the entire Inteleon is a computer processor. for the 2022 format is strongly recommended. All of the Pokemon on his list are required, and they’re all rather simple to get in-game.
There are a few Trainer Cards that are only available in Water decks (such as Capacious Bucket) that cannot be replaced. Instead of Raihan and Escape Rope, you might use additional Marnie, Scoop Up Net, or Professor’s Research.
Synergy of Suicune V and Ludicolo
Your primary Pokemon is a 2-Prizer, and you have a 1-Prizer as a supporter. In addition, this deck is genuinely playable! The goal with this deck is to get the Suicune V attacking as soon as possible, while also trying to acquire the Ludicolo evolution on your Bench.
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Suicune has an Ability that allows you to draw a card every round, which is a game-changer for a card that is already your primary attacker and will always be in the Active position. This eliminates the need to spend spaces in your deck for Switch or Air Balloons. Suicune also has an attack that, at first look, makes little sense as your primary assault:
20+ Blizzard Rondo Each Benched Pokémon (both yours and your opponent’s) takes 20 extra damage with this attack.
Because your Bench may include up to 5 Pokemon under normal circumstances, if both you and your opponent have a full Bench, this increases to 220. This seems to be a conditional attack on its own, but Ludicolo’s ability may dramatically increase the damage.
Dancer with a lot of energy You may use this Ability when you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve one of your Pokémon during your turn. Your Basic Pokémon’s attacks do 100 more damage to your opponent’s Active Pokémon this round (before applying Weakness and Resistance).
This is when the additional Scoop Up Net comes in handy. Suicune V can do 320 damage to your opponent’s Pokemon under the appropriate circumstances, which is enough to OHKO most VMAX, Single Strike, and Rapid Strike Pokemon in the game. Because of Ludicolo, this deck only uses Basic Pokemon. Sure, your damage output will be somewhat reduced (though 320 is more than plenty), but you’ll also lose fewer Prize cards if you lose.
When you’re having trouble getting that 320 damage, Inteleon’s Quick Shooting may help you out.
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You also have the Inteleon of Shady Dealings:
Dealings that aren’t quite right You may search your deck for up to 2 Trainer cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand when you play this Pokémon from your hand to evolve 1 of your Pokémon during your turn. After that, shuffle your cards.
Shady Dealings can let you get to your Trainers anytime you want, which is a big assistance when it comes to drawing cards and collecting the Supporters and Item cards you desire.
While it may seem that every Pokemon in this deck has little HP, you have the Cape of Toughness from Darkness Ablaze, which gives you +50 HP and may help your Suicune V substantially.
Suicune V and Ludicolo decks include trainer cards.
Melony is a fantastic Water Supporter card:
To 1 of your Pokémon V, attach a Water Energy card from your discard pile. Draw three cards if you do.
There will be occasions when you must purposefully abandon an Energy to be able to spend it early on with Melony. Another wonderful card for drawing Energy is Capacious Bucket, albeit you’ll have to physically connect it:
Find up to two Water Energy cards in your deck, reveal them, and take them into your hand. After that, shuffle your cards.
The primary tactic and the opening
You want to get your Suicune V into the Active position on the first turn with this deck. Then, using your Basic Pokemon, start setting up your Bench so that you may develop into Ludicolo or Inteleon anytime you desire. Use your Capture Energy, which allows you to place Basic Pokemon on your Bench, to speed up the process.
You also have Rare Candy, which allows you to advance swiftly from Basic to Stage 2 Pokemon without having to depend on getting that Stage 1. Level Ball may also be used to acquire the early Basic Pokemon on your Bench, since they all have low HP and meet the requirements for Level Balls:
Find a Pokémon with 90 HP or less in your deck, reveal it, and put it into your hand. After that, shuffle your cards.
In most circumstances, this deck can one-shot or two-shot any card in the game, and in exchange, your opponent will have to go through at least three knockouts (assuming they each receive two Prize cards) to win. In many situations, they will have to go through more than knockouts, which in the present meta is a time-consuming procedure.
The Suicune V and Ludicolo deck is simple to construct and does not use any of the more recent, sophisticated concepts. It’s powerful and consistent, and it doesn’t need an additional evolution to get your primary attacker up and running.
In many respects, the Suicune V and Ludicolo deck is the Blacephalon of the 2022 Standard meta in Pokemon TCG Online, with fewer Prize cards at risk but the same level of damage as 2- or 3-Prizers like VMAX or Rapid Strike Pokemon. The only major danger it faces is the Jolteon VMAX and Inteleon deck, which exploits its vulnerability and does double damage. Pikarom, thankfully, has been rotated out of Standard, so you won’t see any more of them in the game.
Check out our Ultimate Pokemon TCG Online guide and resource list for additional Standard, Expanded, and Theme deck instructions and lists.
In the Indianapolis Colts’ 41-15 victory against the Buffalo Bills, Jonathan Taylor was outstanding. When Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit town this weekend, he’ll have another opportunity to impress.
Both Taylor and the Colts have a lot riding on this game. Indy, who has won three straight games, will face the reigning Super Bowl champions and one of the league’s best overall teams. It’s an opportunity for the Colts to show that they can compete in the postseason race. It’s also an opportunity for Taylor to solidify his MVP status.
Running back for the Indianapolis Colts Jonathan Taylor has been on fire recently.
Taylor’s performance against the Bills stands out, but he’s been on fire in recent weeks. In overall, he’s been a standout performer for the Colts this season.
That’s not to diminish his performance against the Bills, which was outstanding. Taylor carried 32 times for 185 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Colts to a 41-15 victory. Through the air, he also grabbed three receptions for 19 yards and a touchdown.
He became became the 18th player in NFL history to score five touchdowns in a single game.
Nyheim Hines, his backfield mate, told ESPN, “He’s sending a message to the league.” “Watching him play has been incredible.” It’s fun to see him complete runs and cause others to miss. He’s a full-fledged back. Jonathan Taylor should be in the MVP race if there is a skill position.”
Taylor rushed for over 100 yards for the third consecutive game against Buffalo. It was also the second time in the last three games that he has ran for more than 150 yards.
Jonathan Taylor is on the verge of becoming the next Adrian Peterson.
The Indianapolis Colts’ Jonathan Taylor #28 runs the ball at Lucas Oil Stadium against the New York Jets | Justin Casterline/Getty Images
Taylor, according to Hines, should be a contender for MVP. This is an award that, more often than not, goes to quarterbacks, but this is not always the case. Sure, it’s been that way for the previous eight seasons, but Taylor now has Adrian Peterson as a role model to emulate.
Peterson has been bouncing around the league as a veteran running back for the last few seasons, making it easy to forget that he was one of the best running backs of all time during his time with the Minnesota Vikings.
In 2012, Peterson was so outstanding that he was named the NFL’s MVP, making him the only non-quarterback to win the award. Since LaDainian Tomlinson won the award in 2006, he was the first non-quarterback to win the honor.
That season, Peterson rushed 348 times for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. He threw for an average of 131.1 yards a game, which is more than other teams throw for in a game.
Taylor has run 193 times for 1,122 yards and 13 touchdowns in 11 games. As a receiver, he’s caught 32 receptions for 322 yards and two scores.
Taylor is unquestionably a candidate for MVP in a season in which no quarterback has emerged as the favorite.
This Sunday, Jonathan Taylor has a chance to overshadow Tom Brady.
The Indianapolis Colts’ Jonathan Taylor #28 runs the ball against the Houston Texans | Justin Casterline/Getty Images
There’s no question in my mind that Brady is the GOAT. Taylor’s seven Super Bowl rings eclipse everything else on the field, but no one is playing better right now than he is.
The Buccaneers are coming off a 30-10 victory against the New York Giants, but defeating that ragged bunch right now isn’t exactly a cause for celebration. Brady wasn’t even very effective throughout the game. He did throw an interception and ended with a quarterback rating of 65.5 after completing 30-of-46 passes for 307 yards and a score.
Tampa had dropped two in a row before to that game, including a setback to the inferior Washington Football Team. During that time, Brady threw four interceptions, two in each loss.
That’s not to suggest Brady won’t catch fire and win MVP the rest of the way, since “Tom Terrific” has always been capable of doing so. That doesn’t rule out the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Matthew Stafford, who all have a shot.
Taylor may be up against his toughest challenge yet, as Tampa allows just 78.4 yards per game on the run. Still, Taylor is performing like the MVP of the NFL right now, and even Brady can’t match him coming into this game.
What if the Colts win again and Taylor has a field day against the Buccaneers’ defense? That puts Taylor in a strong chance to win the league’s first non-quarterback MVP since Peterson.
ESPN and Pro Football Reference provided the statistics.
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Roku saves your payment information for a variety of reasons in addition to being a great place to watch movies. Making purchases, for example, is simpler if your credit card or PayPal information is stored on the site.
You may still create a Roku account if you don’t want to enter payment information.
There are two methods to create a Roku account without using your credit card.
Use one of the two methods to sign up for Roku without a credit card.
Option 1: Use PayPal to get around the payment barrier.
In a Roku configuration, PayPal may be used instead of a credit card. It does not need you to leave as much information on the website as using a credit card does.
To activate Roku without a credit card, follow these steps:
- Go to www.roku.com to learn more.
- Sign in by clicking the Sign in button.
- Select Register for a Roku account.
- Fill in your email address and create a secure password.
- Re-enter your password on the second page.
- Choose PayPal as your preferred method of payment.
- Fill up your PayPal email address.
- Fill in your contact information, including your address and phone number.
- Roku will take you to the PayPal main page.
- Close the PayPal page when it has loaded and do not log in.
- Return to www.roku.com and attempt to load My Account again.
You have avoided handing up your credit card information if you see the Add a Payment Method to Make a Purchase prompt. To view free channels, go to Link a device to your account.
If you have an issue, though, take the second option.
Option #2: Make use of the information from an inactive card.
This is a reasonable alternative if the primary reason you want to set up a Roku free account is to prevent automated invoicing or individuals abusing your credit card.
o When creating a Roku account, utilize the information from an inactive card:
- To sign up, go to www.roku.com.
- Select Sign-in from the drop-down menu.
- Create a Roku account is the second option.
- Fill up your email address and a password you’ll remember.
- Re-enter your password on the second page.
- On the billing screen, choose Credit Card.
- Fill up the blanks with the information of the unused card.
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Despite the fact that the 2001 film adaptation of Josie and the Pussycats was a box office flop, it has subsequently become a cult favorite in the 20 years following its debut. It also had a popular soundtrack that sold over half a million copies and was certified gold. So it’s somewhat surprising that Kay Hanley, the Letters to Cleo vocalist who supplied Josie McCoy’s singing voice, hasn’t had many opportunity to play those songs live. The most prominent exception was a 2017 event held in conjunction with the soundtrack’s vinyl release.
Letter to Cleo, on the other hand, returned to the road last week. They performed the Paradise Rock Club on back-to-back nights in Boston with opening act Charly Bliss. During the Letters to Cleo curtain call, Eva Hendricks, the principal performer for Charly Bliss, joined the band for a few of Josie and the Pussycats songs.
(The second and third tracks above, “Three Small Words” and “Pretend to be Nice,” are Josie songs, but the first may be known to 10 Things I Hate About You listeners.)
Charly Bliss famously played the whole Josie soundtrack front to back at a special Halloween event, and Hendricks just wrote the preface for a book on the film.
Josie and the Pussycats have had a year to remember. The film has been the subject of several praise thinkpieces, a Universal Pictures Twitter takeover, and not one but two distinct anniversary merchandise lines from prominent specialty merchants as it approaches its 20th anniversary. The film, which stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Rosario Dawson, and Tara Reid as the eponymous band, as well as Parker Posey and Alan Cumming as the villains, was a box office flop upon its first release, but has subsequently gained a devoted following, including Hendricks and CinemaSins co-creator Jeremy Scott. Earlier this month, a Blu-ray was released.
Josie and the Pussycats was directed by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, whose past productions include the coming-of-age comedy Can’t Hardly Wait and the hilarious slacker comedies Mary + Jane and Liza on Demand, and is based on Archie Comics characters created by the great Dan DeCarlo. The film was a biting satire of consumer culture and the turn-of-the-century music industry, wrapped in glitter and glamour that was supposed to appeal to a wider audience, but instead appeared to turn off many critics, who compared it to other “dumb” films of the time like Spice World and Coyote Ugly.
DuJour, the boy band featured in the film and portrayed by Seth Green, Breckin Meyer, Donald Faison, and Alexander Martin, even made a cameo on Robot Chicken this year, only weeks after a rush of 20th anniversary activities resurrected the film.
Matthew Libatique, who has worked with celebrity filmmaker Darren Aranofsky since Pi and has subsequently been the cinematographer on films such as Iron Man, Birds of Prey, and One Harley Quinn’s Fantabulous Emancipation. Although Libatique has said that he tries to approach each new project without looking back, the latter, with its vivid colors and loud music, may owe a bit of its DNA to Josie.
For a long time, Youtube has been an integral part of our everyday lives, whether it’s for game reviews or sneak peeks of new releases, but now gamers can get a glimpse of life as a premium content producer.
Some individuals will immediately feel compelled to shun this game like the plague in order to avoid being linked with the Youtube culture, while others will be lured to it.
Character Customization for Youtubers in Life 2
Aside from the obvious parts of the game, such as creating YouTube videos, the game also has a Sims-like feel to it, with some life sim aspects of the game visible right away, such as the outstanding character modifications.
Players may make comprehensive modifications, pick the character’s name, and, of course, choose the name of their Youtube channel, which took me as long as establishing a genuine Youtube channel.
So far, the game seems to be promising; there is lots of personalization, and I can create a YouTube channel that, unlike in real life, has a possibility of success.
Creating Life 2 content for YouTube
This is where the game falters a little; having not played the first game, I had no idea what to anticipate, but I must confess I was disappointed when I began making my first video.
You just select an activity, such as playing a game or recording a Vlog, and a sequence of events and styles to generate material, which seems to be quite restricted.
I was looking for so much more, like the possibility to use fake game footage if I were making a game video, or to add some facial responses or other customization touches to the films, but this isn’t available in Youtubers Life 2.
Although you do receive additional choices as you advance through the game, such as the ability to add effects to your movies, which adds a degree of customisation, it just wasn’t enough for me to enjoy the game.
Gameplay of Youtubers Life 2
As I previously said, the game also has certain life simulation elements, which are significantly more fun than the content generating portion.
You’ll be able to buy more goods and upgrade your home as you start accumulating subscribers and earning money; some of the items will also be essential in your content career.
Players may also roam throughout NewTube city’s open environment, which is a great addition, although it might become a bit monotonous and dull after a while.
The game has an energy system in which each video you make consumes energy that must be refilled by eating or sleeping, but it didn’t take me long to become tired of it since making just one video consumes a lot of energy because playing games is so exhausting!
Summary of Youtubers Life 2
I’m not a huge fan of Youtubers or the culture that surrounds them, so maybe I’m prejudiced in that regard, but there’s something about playing a game that centers on becoming famous online that just doesn’t appeal to me.
That said, I recognize that it will appeal to certain people, but even so, the material is too sparse, the gameplay is too monotonous, and the whole game seems like a squandered opportunity.
In some ways, the game seems singularly focused; the developers intended to make a game about becoming popular, and that’s all they got; nonetheless, even with the already sparse idea, it could have been developed further.
Review of Youtubers Life 2
Youtubers Life 2 is the name of the game.
After relocating to NewTube City, you have just one ambition: to become the best content producer in the world and to shake the Youtube globe with fresh daily trends and videos.
- Unusual Idea
- Customization is fantastic.
- An in-depth examination of Youtube culture
The Negative (& Ugly)
- It’s monotonous and boring.
- The production of content might be improved.
- There are much too many loading screens.
- Too much energy is used up too rapidly.
5 5.3 2.625
Score from Unboxed Reviews
Despite all of the hoopla surrounding the Dallas Cowboys leading into this year’s Thanksgiving Day special, they were once again unable to deliver, continuing their three-game Thanksgiving Day losing skid. After the game, the excessive amount of penalty flags thrown became a hot topic. Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, went a step farther in making excuses.
The controversial owner blamed the defeat on the Cowboys’ ailments.
Jerry Jones doubles down on his excuses, blaming the Cowboys’ defeat on injuries.
Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images/Jerry Jones
The Cowboys were clearly short-handed heading into the Week 12 showdown, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, both wide receivers, were ruled out, while Ezekiel Elliott, the running back, was trying to play despite an injury.
The quarterback, Dak Prescott, didn’t appear to be affected by the absence of outstanding targets. Despite this, he ended the game with 375 throwing yards and two touchdowns. The receivers on the receiving end of his throws, on the other hand, were all fresh faces. For instance, Noah Brown and Cedrick Wilson combined for 13 receptions and 157 receiving yards. Many Cowboys supporters weren’t anticipating that result coming into the afternoon.
Despite Prescott’s ability to make things work with his backup pass-catchers, Jerry Jones couldn’t resist adding another explanation to his extensive list of previously stated excuses. Following his criticism of the officials, Jones went on to point out his team’s lack of wide receivers.
“You have to think forward. Napoleon is as dead as yesterday. Jones said, “It’s gone.” “As a result, we must consider how we may improve.” There are no clouds in the sky. When you look at the six games we have coming up, it’s clear that the cavalry is on its way. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that this is the time of year when you’re dealing with attrition. In most cases, you’re dealing with a severely diminished workforce. We’ve arrived with new legs.”
Jerry Jones has to quit apologizing.
Whether the Cowboys win or lose, Jones always has something to say. However, he needed to find a method to keep his mouth shut at this point.
On Thanksgiving, the Cowboys dropped a home game on national television. Nobody wants to hear about the Cowboys’ woes and injuries. Injuries are something that every team has to cope with. The good teams figure out a method to get around them.
During the game, the Raiders, for example, were struggling with their own injury problems. With a knee injury, tight end Darren Waller had to exit the game early. The extent of Waller’s injuries is presently unclear.
The Cowboys must regain their momentum.
Dak Prescott: I’m sure a few people are getting off the bandwagon, but that’s good with us because we know what we’re capable of. We know who we have on our squad. More significantly, we know the guys in that locker room… and we share their faith in one another.
November 26, 2021 — Charean Williams (@NFLCharean)
The Cowboys have lost three of their previous four games, quietly allowing someone to dethrone them from their NFC East throne. Both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins are on two-game winning streaks and are just a couple games behind Dallas.
If the Cowboys are serious about winning the NFC East and returning to the playoffs, they must bunker down and concentrate on winning rather than making excuses. Jerry Jones is at the helm of this.
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