The Exigent Duality
Rebuild - 16:33 CDT, 2/05/20 (Sniper)
I'm going to buy the next edition of "Madden" right away, and start a potential tradition of building a franchise with the worst team of the prior season. I did just such a project a couple of years ago with San Francisco, and with my usual pain-staking, spreadsheet-based analytical approach to playing video games, turned them into three-time consecutive Super Bowl champions. For this time around, I've already started breaking down and analyzing the current Cincinnati Bengals roster.

My strategy is always to ruthlessly cut and trade players near-or-over thirty, then use that cap room and draft capital to make major youth movements-- if even a small percentage of the young players "turn out", I have a wonderful backbone of a squad.

As part of that analysis, I've been watching highlights of Joe Burrow, who almost certainly will supplant Andy Dalton in this upcoming Bengals season. He's an interesting college quarterback, in that he has NFL-caliber ball placement, consistently throwing over the near shoulder, back shoulder, up high, down low, and so forth. And while he's no Lamar Jackson, he can also sense pressure and move around a lot in the pocket. I also see that he has good deep ball accuracy.

However, the real star I'm seeing from these clips is his receiver partner, Ja'Marr Chase, who at age nineteen is already making contested catches look like second nature. An interesting thing will be seeing who owes more what: once seperated (with the receiver remaining in college, and the quarterback shifting to the NFL), will we find that Chase was "made" by Burrow-- or will we see Burrow struggle, absent a Chase-style receiver with Bengals? Or, will they both eventually turn out to be prolific professionals, and their relationship will prove to have been purely symbiotic?

In other news, this is undoubtedly coming to America, if not at least vicariously. Or is it? I keep hearing city slickers tell me that "eletric cars are 'inevitable'"-- yet from my experience at the bug-out house, there is absolutely zero possibility of electric cars being even remotely feasible in the country's vast, low population-density rural areas. Remember: America is a huge country, with oceans of wide open space between the major population zones-- it's not England, or France.

For example, my family up North runs a paving business, and drives hundreds upon hundreds of miles per day just to get to and from work sites: there is no time to "recharge" an electric vehicle-- instead, the business uses diesel pick-up trucks, which can be refilled at any gas station, near-instantaneously. Even for rural people who don't run businesses like that, just a mere trip into town would absolutely stretch an electric car's range to the max. And that's not even getting into cultural considerations-- no one I know at the bug out house would touch an electric car with a twenty foot barge pole, even if they were practically possible to use.

Finally, it's possible that "the coronavirus" has staggering counts so far. Of course, this is exactly the kind of actual journalistic reporting which the Democrats and their tech friends want to ban as "fake" or "manipulated" news, when all it's doing is publishing straight facts: multiple times now, Tencent has published numbers, then quickly taken them down. Reporting on that is called "journalism". And yet, it's this very outlet-- "Zero Hedge"-- which has been locked on "the Twatter."