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Kelsea Ballerini has delved into poetry, Marilyn Monroe and more while creating a new album

Her fourth album Subject to Change will be released on September 23rd by Black River Entertainment. (Author: Gardener)

Kelsea BalleriniWhen Kelsea Ballerini launched her career, she made a promise to herself: record a solo track on every album. As she prepares her fourth album Subject to Change, due out in September, "it requires me not to always have to rely on a co-writer," says Ballerini, who won her first Country Music Association Awards to publish a book of poetry and peaked at #1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart last year. "Ever since I wrote my first record when I was 19, I've had a lot of internal struggles about how to grow up gracefully," says Ballerini, now 28. The past few years and the forced space, I've had a lot of time to do with myself to clean up and get into my feelings.” While she always writes between projects, she says there's a time “to get all the demos together and figure out the topic. When I listened to the first 80 songs I had, a lot of juxtapositions and changes were captured.” Another recurring concept? I like to cook and make pasta for my friends. Ballerini's book of poetry, Feel Your Way Through, released last November, contained poems about her battle with an eating disorder and her ongoing healing after witnessing a high school shooting. The writing process for the book had a profound impact on Subject to Change. "I owe a lot of the openness and the more poetic side of the songwriting to the book," she says. "I feel like this opened up my creative mind and helped me work outside of the [standard song] structure. That creative freedom has unlocked a part of me, and I hope to continue to push that in whatever type of project I do.” In 2020, as Ballerini was spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic , she listened to music by The Corrs (the band's "Breathless" inspired Ballerini's own "Heartfirst"), Sheryl Crow, Sixpence None the Richer, Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood. "Rather than listening to new releases, I listened to the music I grew up listening to and that's the influence for this record," she says. The ballad "Love Is a Cowboy," which Ballerini wrote with Jesse Frasure and Parker Welling, saw the biggest change from the demo to the finale. "It was originally an uptempo live banger," she says. Producers Julian Bunetta and Shane McAnally "listened to it and said, 'This song is special, but we can't really hear it.' We pulled it out and felt like every instrument had to contribute something to the story. It's one of my favorite production moments." Ballerini's solo writing on Subject to Change turned out to be "Marilyn," a reflection on the late icon. "That was the twist of the knife at the end of the song, where I acknowledge that everyone wanted to be like her — but did she?" Ballerini asks. "Having her voice solidify that was a chilling moment for me." Ballerini welcomed several female collaborators to her upcoming project, including Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild, who co-wrote "Subject to Change" and the project's first single, "Heartfirst “. Alysa Vanderheym is co-producing the project and wrote Heartfirst with Fairchild and Ballerini. "It's interesting because in the conversation, 'Yeah, we need more women in country music,' what does that actually look like? We need more female artists and collaborators, but we also need more opportunities for women throughout the event chain, you know?” says Ballerini. “This time I deliberately wanted to write with more women. When you make a record about emotion, I think when you creatively connect with a woman, you can tap into that in a whole different way.” Speaking of working with Vanderheym, she says, “I've never been with one before female producer, although I have worked with many other female writers. But with Alysa, it was a whole different level just being able to hear things sonically that fit in a different way with what we're saying in the song.”

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Wardlow: I showed up at AEW Double Or Nothing 2022 not knowing if I wrestled MJF

Wardlow comments on MJF and AEW Double or Nothing. (Author: Gardener)

MJFThe last time fans saw MJF compete was at AEW Double or Nothing when he was quickly defeated by Wardlow. MJF was carried out of the arena after his loss but returned with AEW Dynamite to cut his infamous promo begging Tony Khan to fire him. The fight was reportedly in jeopardy as the event drew near as MJF missed the Double or Nothing fan fest and reportedly booked a flight from Las Vegas. The storyline in MJF built up for years as the two were always on TV, with Wardlow officially filming at AEW Revolution. Anthony Ogogo: I enjoy wrestling, I'm starting to find my feet behind the scenes "This should be considered one of the best nights of my life and it really wasn't," Wardlow said. “Everything that was going on with Max then and then in my life personally. Nothing was going right and it's kind of sad that it all built up to that big night and there was so much that ruined it. I mean, I showed it getting up that day not knowing if I was wrestling. There's a lot more I could say about it but I don't want to get angry but yeah this should have been one of the best nights of my life and of course the result was amazing but I really never got the chance to enjoy. Wardlow would win the AEW TNT Championship on the July 6 episode of AEW Dynamite from Scorpio Sky. MJF has not been seen on AEW TV since his post-Double or Nothing promo for Dynamite, and he has been removed from AEW's digital footprint. Tony Khan has made "no comments" on a number of occasions when asked about MJF.

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Will Kyler Murray, Marquise Brown reclaim the OU magic with Cardinals?

The trend of reuniting collegiate QB-WR tandems to field big numbers in the NFL has arrived in Arizona, where two Sooners have high expectations. (Author: Gardener)

Will Kyler Murray- On November 23, 2018, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen entered the media room after the game. He quickly took a sip of mineral water and made a brief statement about the Mountaineers' 59-56 loss to Oklahoma. Holgorsen then said in a bad mood that he would take a few "reasonable" questions. The first had to do with Oklahoma's passing game, which set West Virginia on fire for 364 yards. Holgorsen shook his head trying to find the right words. "Yeah, I've never... I mean... I haven't..." The coach settled on two Sooners by jersey number: "One and five are the fastest kids I've seen — ever," Holgorsen said. In 2018, quarterback Kyler Murray (No. 1) and receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown (No. 5) were college football's most explosive combination. Murray won the Heisman Trophy. Brown captured All-America honors. The close friends, short in stature, naturally confident, became first-round NFL draft picks, Arizona Cardinals' Murray at No. 1, Baltimore Ravens' Brown at No. 25. In April, Arizona Brown acquired in a trade with Baltimore, giving the Cardinals one of the top burners in the league and continuing a sort of passing game trend. In Cincinnati, Joe Burrow and former LSU teammate Ja'Marr Chase shine with the chemistry they built during their college days. In Las Vegas, the Raiders did the same with former Fresno State stars Derek Carr and Davante Adams. Arizona's Murray-Brown combination could be explosive. To understand that, you only have to look back at their stunning performances in Oklahoma. "No question," said former Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley. This is the case with Brown. Coach Ted Iacenda knew the 5ft 9 Brown could fly — he'd seen his high school movie — but he was still surprised when Brown walked into his office, fresh from his trip from Hollywood, Florida. "He was tiny," said Iacenda, who admitted to wondering how Brown would hold his own physically. "I think he probably weighed about 135 pounds." When Brown took the field, however, those concerns didn't last. He became one of the nation's top junior college receivers. The same script unfolded in Oklahoma. "First off, he looked like he was 16 or 17," said Mykel Jones, the former Oklahoma wide receiver who was listed in 2017 as being the same height as Brown but 24 pounds heavier at 186. “He was struggling with some nagging foot problems. said former research assistant Brian Lepak. I was like, "Huh, being a skinny guy, the foot issues, is this all going to add up?" They all understood why Brown was there. And Brown handled that quickly during offseason practice. "The best way I can describe it is knowing you don't see it every day," said former receiver Nick Basquine. "In the summer we can really see what boys are made of," Jones said. "It's different when the pads come, a completely different game, but at least (in the summer) you get an idea of ​​what the guys are bringing to the table. And when he first came in we did 7v7 and he just exploded and ran past guys. There was a debate about who was faster: the 5-10 Murray or Brown. Murray, perhaps not quite so serious, told reporters that he had the edge. From memory, Jerry Schmidt, the school's director of athletic improvement and strength and conditioning, said Brown's 40-time was in the low 4.3 seconds, while Murray was around 4.39. "Kyler would say he's the fastest, but Marquise knew it," Schmidt said. "And everyone knew Marquise was the fastest, so he kind of gave you that smile. But those two guys were impressive.” Brown first teamed up with Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman winner. After a slow start, he finished with 57 catches for the team's best effort of 1,095 yards and seven touchdowns as the Sooners entered college Football playoffs advanced. In 2018, Murray took over, and Brown was even better. "Those moments in the game bring the guys closer together, just to see what the guys are capable of when you really go into the trenches," Jones said. And from then on they just took off. Of Brown's 10 touchdowns this season, six were for more than 50 yards. His 11 receptions from 40+ yards made up the nation's lead. (Interestingly, four of the players ranked in the top 10 for 40-yard catches this season are on the Cardinals' list.) "Obviously, Marquise had world-class speed, but he's really pursuing the ball at an elite level." said Riley . "Running past people is one thing, but chasing a ball that's hurtling 60 yards across the field and catching it over an outside shoulder is tricky, and he can make it look easy." After winning a $230 million extension that made him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, Murray had to defend himself against a contract addendum that required at least four hours of "independent study" during game weeks. "In all the years that I've had him, I've never once been concerned about the preparation he's done," Riley told The Athletic. I'm not there every day but I feel like I have a pretty good feel for how he's preparing. I saw him come out and say some of the things he did that he doesn't normally do. On August 1, coach Kliff Kingsbury announced that Murray had tested positive for COVID-19, taking the quarterback off the practice field. Two days later, Brown, who missed the start of training camp with a hamstring problem, was arrested and charged with criminal speeding. During a recent media session, Brown did not explain why he was driving at such speeds, but acknowledged his actions were disappointing. "I have a lot of kids who look up to me, so I always want to lead by example," he said. On August 15, the former Oklahoma standouts finally trained together. For receiver Greg Dortch, their chemistry was hard to miss, two friends who played at the highest level but made it seem like a no-brainer. Like in the old days. "Obviously you still have work to do on that," Murray told reporters. ... First practice, seeing him out there was kind of weird." "I know him, he knows me," Brown said. "He knows what I like. i know what he likes It's just something we have.” In three seasons with Baltimore, Brown caught 195 passes for 2,361 yards and 21 touchdowns. He's had his best season but he's asked for a swap because he wants to do more. Along with Murray, that's the plan in Arizona. And with star receiver DeAndre Hopkins sidelined for the first six games of the season for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, Brown will likely get his chance. "He's still learning our system but has a good feel for football," Kingsbury said. "The things we're asking of him are a little bit different than what he's been doing for the past few years, but he's picked it up and I think the next three weeks with Kyler will be like that, all of those." Reps get good for their relationship.

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Cougars gear up for an experienced South Florida team on opening Saturday in hot, muggy Tampa

BYU Soccer: Why the South Florida Bulls, the Tampa weather and transfer QB Gerry Bohanon are all making big challenges for Cougars this Saturday (Author: Gardener)

TampaSouth Florida Bulls quarterback Timmy McClain (9) runs from Brigham Young Cougars defenseman Fisher Jackson (53) as BYU and USF play a college football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo Saturday, September after the then-freshman After quarterback Timmy McClain had rushed for 186 yards and 55 more in the 35-27 loss in South Florida to BYU last September, many Cougar fans at LaVell Edwards Stadium walked away thinking a more experienced McClain would become BYU in this year's rematch in Tampa, Florida, causing seizures. The good news for the BYU defense is that McClain won't be starting for the Bulls in both clubs' season openers at Raymond James Stadium this Saturday (2 p.m. MDT, ESPNU) because he transferred to UCF and continued after losing the starting job at Year 2022. The bad news is that McClain lost the QB derby to a signal caller who actually beat the Cougars last year - former Baylor QB Gerry Bohanon. In a scenario that sums up the state of college football today, Bohanon - who threw for 231 yards against the Cougars - switched to USF after Blake Shapen was named the Bears' starter from spring camp by coach Dave Aranda. We have to be ready and make sure we're doing our best.” — BYU Football Coach Kalani Sitake. Bohanon "is a very, very good quarterback," said BYU defense coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki. South Florida was selected ninth in the American Athletic Conference pre-season 2022 media poll released in July. But the Bulls are bringing back 10 starters on offense and nine on defense, as well as their starting punter and kicker. “They will be ready to play against us. The first game (to play) will bring a lot of excitement,” said BYU coach Kalani Sitake. I think they have a really, really good coaching staff. I think they have a really, really good coaching staff. They'll have their boys ready. We have to be ready and make sure we're doing our best.” The South Florida students started classes last Monday and the Bulls had the day off. They began preparing for game week for BYU on Tuesday. The Cougars finished fall camp on Tuesday, taking Wednesday off for some team activities and focusing entirely on USF on Thursday. Aside from the on-field storylines, like BYU QB Jaren Hall's return to the site of his first college start, last year's Provo shooting and the Bohanon transfer, a topic that's surfaced since 4 p.m. The EDT kick-off time was calculated at the end of May, with the expected heat and humidity in September. "The Heat will be different (for the Cougars) but we have to be prepared for that as well," USF coach Jeff Scott told gousfbulls.com. I promise you it's going to be hot and humid by 4pm (Saturday).” “I think we're going to be in a really good place when we go into the game and go into that humidity,” Sitake said. “It has helped that we've had some really high record temperatures in the state of Utah this summer and even up until now. There was a lot of heat, but the humidity is a different story. I think our boys will be prepared for that.” According to Sitake, BYU's coaches and exercise scientists have been working on a plan related to hydration and nutrition to help players avoid fatigue and cramps. "We're tired of playing against each other. We want to play someone else and this is the right moment to end the camp," Sitake said on Tuesday. "Let's start directing all of our energy and focus to playing in South Florida." According to The Oracle, the Bulls averaged fewer than 22,000 fans per game last year at 75,000-seat Raymond James Stadium, but Scott is forecasting for that Kick off a "big audience" and a "great student section". "And they have a chance to affect the game," Scott said. BYU will travel to Tampa on Thursday, as is always the case for Saturday games in the Eastern Time Zone. BYU's Hall said the Cougars are ready to get the season underway. "Everything is installed (on the offensive side)," he said. “Obviously when you come to game week you can add some things depending on your opponent what you think you can use and tweak some things here and there. That just comes with those first practices before that first game.” BYU running back Lopini Katoa said the Cougars are as ready for a opener as he can remember in his five years in the program. "They grind the first few weeks of fall camp and work hard to be on the same page with everyone and look like a good team," Katoa said. "Now it's time to settle in and get ready for the game."

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Hand pump spews fire in Cachar village in Madhya Pradesh

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Madhya PradeshNew Delhi: In a bizarre incident in Madhya Pradesh, one of the ordinary hand pumps in Cachar village in Chhatarpur district suddenly started spewing fire along with water. Images of flames and water spouting from a hand pump have gone viral on social media. In a video posted on Twitter by one of the locals, water and fire can be seen coming out of the hand pump at the same time, leaving onlookers stunned. According to reports, the relevant authorities have been informed of this unusual sight. Cachar is located 10 km from Buxwaha in the Chhatarpur district, which is known for its diamond deposits. In 2020, a farmer from Madhya Pradesh had filed a complaint about a faulty hand pump, according to an NDTV report. The farmer from Rahawali village in Bhind district received a reply which said, among other things, "The complainant is insane, a hand pump is being put on his chest," the report added.

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A new festival celebrates black-owned beers with a "block party vibe."

Marking the third anniversary of Soul Mega, Saturday's Megafest combines beer tastings with party rock DJs. (Author: Gardener)

Soul MegaLate summer and early fall are the peak season for beer festivals, which can become a mix of tiny tasting glasses, pretzel chains, and Oktoberfest-inspired oompah bands. The Soul Mega Megafest, taking place at Walter Reed's parks next Saturday, seeks to break with the mold. “Usually the people who come to beer festivals are beer connoisseurs who come to try different brands. The music isn't that diverse," said Elliott Johnson, co-founder and CEO of D.C.'s Soul Mega Brewing, which organizes the festival with veteran events group Usual Suspectz. But at Megafest, “the goal is really to merge block party culture with beer festival culture. So, yes, there will be unlimited pours from six black-owned breweries and a number of food trucks, but leave the lederhosen t-shirts at home: Megafest features an array of party-rocking DJs you might find at some of the coolest clubs in the world Find City, including Mathias and Bri Mafia. "It's more of a dance party to me," Johnson says. The reason for the celebration is the third anniversary of Soul Mega. Though introduced less than a year before the pandemic hit, Soul Mega beers, led by the fresh, orange-hued Worldwide American Pale Ale, have found a foothold in the D. Flagship Worldwide is on the menu at neighborhood beer-and-a-shot bars and Michelin-nominated restaurants, and 16-ounce cans are sold at stores as diverse as Trader Joe's and Craft Beer Cellar. But as they planned their anniversary party, the Soul Mega founders chose not to take the spotlight and invited other Black-Owned breweries to join them at the party: two more from D. “Even though we're celebrating our three year anniversary , let's make sure we attract everyone else, too," Johnson says. "So we're trying to level the playing field and give everyone an equal chance to make their brand shine." Soul Mega is the middle child of D.C.'s three black-owned beer brands: younger than Sankofa, which debuted in 2017 and the following year went into production and predated Urban Garden Brewing, D.C.'s first black woman owned brand. which launched its first canned beer in 2021. Neither of these companies owns a brewery; Soul Mega's beers are brewed under contract by Calvert in Upper Marlboro; Sankofas come from Black Flag in Colombia; and Urban Garden's flagship Chamolite was brewed at DC Brew, although founder Eamoni Tate-Collier has also brewed with Right Proper and City-State. Of the Maryland breweries performing at Megafest, only Patuxent Brewing has its own facility, located in Waldorf. Montgomery County's Black Viking and Baltimore's Joyhound are both brewed at Oliver Brewing in Baltimore. Not having a physical space can be a problem for beer brands trying to spread awareness about their latest offerings. Craft beer nerds and casual beer drinkers alike see brewery taprooms as a different form of bar, complete with pinball machines, live music, and special events that encourage them to hang out and sample beers. When a new IPA or limited edition sour comes out, all the brewery needs to do is encourage people to try it. For Soul Mega, that meant gaining prominence through events like the Trill Grill Fest, helmed by Rick Ross in 2019 at Gateway D.C. in Congress Heights, or the Black Beer Garden at the annual Black Greek Fest. "It's part of our model to make sure we do experiential marketing and give people an idea of ​​our brand that isn't just on the label," says Johnson. We see ourselves as a lifestyle brand as well as a producer and distributor of craft beer.” “We have a small but passionate following,” says Kofi Meroe, co-founder of Sankofa. That's why Sankofa likes to host pop-up happy hours and events in bars that already stock his beer. At one event at the Metrobar, for example, DJs played Afrobeats and West African cuisine from the Petit Afrik Food Truck - a perfect combination for Sankofa, which reflects its origin story: the founders met as primary school students in Nigeria, and their beers incorporate flavors of African ingredients such as hibiscus and cocoa. They have also performed at events at the National Museum of African Art. But Meroe doesn't just think locally: Sankofa has worked with some of the biggest names in craft brewing, including Allagash and Brooklyn, and he's a fixture at festivals like Barrel and Flow, which have brought together black-owned breweries in Pittsburgh earlier this month and Blacktoberfest, returning to the Atlanta area in October. Urban Garden's Chamolite, a refreshing blonde ale with notes of honey and chamomile, made its debut at Black Beer Garden, an open-air pop-up in Shaw during D.C. Beer Week 2021, and Tate-Collier says such events bring happiness are hour at the Serenata or a pairing event with the Roving Bite Club Pop-up are key. “Festivals and events allow black-owned breweries to be introduced to a wider audience and give consumers the opportunity to experience the brand first-hand,” she says. "I've attended events where a lot of people have been surprised to see Black brewers and owners, and sometimes even more amazed to see Black women behind a brand." That kind of interaction is key to Megafest, says Soul Mega's Johnson . "I think it will be a good opportunity for consumers to connect with the people who actually create the brands. They can ask any questions they want if they don't know our brand.” The Black Brew Movement, which organizes tastings and events to introduce craft beer to a diverse audience, will also have a table at the festival, “and they will offer some interactive things so people can learn about craft beer General,” says Johnson. Saturday also offers an opportunity to grab a few beers that aren't available in local stores: Urban Garden's AllHomage, a pale ale made in partnership with local clothing brand Eat, sold out earlier in the summer, but " we saved some AllHomage beer just for us at the Megafest,” says Tate-Collier. Brandon Miller, the festival's co-producer with Usual Suspectz, met Johnson a few years ago, and they bonded over their shared experiences — both from Chicago, both Howard alumni — and their love of beer. They had started planning a festival "focused on black beers and black breweries" before the outbreak of the pandemic, but everything has been postponed. "The importance is the opportunity for people to experience cultural events in settings that they wouldn't normally interact with," says Johnson. Whether it's beer or music, "it's important to bring that to people because people often don't go out and look for it if they don't know it." People may not know all the breweries that are serving this weekend, or those DJs or the food trucks. Saturday 1-6 p.m. The Parks at Walter Reed, 1010 Butternut St. NW. Look for Sankofa's Hypebiscus Pale Ale on the shelves now. C.'s dark beer makers take center stage, but there are other ways to find their drinks around town. The Craft Beer Cellar on H Street NE sells cans of Sankofa, Soul Mega and Urban Garden, as well as Maryland's Black Viking and Joyhound, both of which will be featured at the festival on Saturday. If you want to try them at a bar, Edgewood's Metrobar, which has hosted happy hours for Urban Garden and Sankofa, generally has all three D.C. producers canned. 1921, the beer garden behind the historic Heurich house, also frequently stocks these breweries as well as Black Viking, and Serenata, the bar in La Cosecha market, makes a point of having Black-owned breweries. Sankofa usually sells its beers in bars canned, but sometimes on tap. The most likely location is the Midlands Beer Garden in Park View. “Midlands was our very first account,” says co-founder Kofi Meroe. "Midlands is like family to us, and Midlands gets most of our casks." The others are Shaw's Lost and Found, which Meroe says is "one of my favorite craft beer destinations in the city," and Free State's sister bar, Lost and Found in the Penn Quarter, which focuses on mid-Atlantic beverages. Hypebiscus Pale Ale is on the shelves now. Soul Mega's beers are widely available. Rhythm & Beauty black lager was on tap at Passenger in Shaw last week, and co-founder Elliott Johnson says the rich beer with toffee and coffee accents will be returning in cans "probably in the next six weeks or so." Some of the world's most popular drinking spots include Sandlot Southeast near Nationals Park; Lydia on H; and the Bar Chinois of the Mount Vernon Triangle. Urban Garden has "a few new beers in the pipeline," says founder Eamoni Tate-Collier. To celebrate the brand's first anniversary, she partnered with City-State Brewing to brew a sorrel season called Solar Return, which will launch at Edgewood Brewery in September. She adds, "I'm also working on releasing an IPA this fall. In the meantime, sample chamolite while listening to a band at Songbyrd in Union Market, or visit Addis Paris Cafe, an Ethiopian-French restaurant in Mount Pleasant.

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Are Giants or Jets in better shape ahead of the 2022 season finale? Position by position of the tape

How do the Giants and Jets stack up against each other? (Author: Gardener)

2022 seasonThe Giants and Jets held a joint practice session Thursday. So which conversion team is in better shape for 2022? Now, before we get to our position-by-position history of the band, just think about how bad things have been for both teams lately. The Giants were last good in 2016 when they went 11-5 and lost in the wild card round of the playoffs. The Jets last did well in 2015, narrowly missing the playoffs 10-6. • Giants: This could be Daniel Jones' last year in East Rutherford. In fact, there's a good chance new general manager Joe Schoen (wisely) turned down Jones' fully guaranteed fifth-year option for 2023. Jones has shown plenty of flaws over three seasons — but has also shown more positive signs than the Jets' Zach Wilson was able to show as a rookie in 2021. Ultimately, Wilson could be better, but it's impossible to say right now that he definitely is. • Jets: As a rookie, Wilson was bottom of the NFL in nearly every major quarterback statistic last season. Now he faces an uphill battle as he enters his critical sophomore season after suffering a knee injury in the first game of preseason. He's dealing with rust early in the season and a right knee that's now at risk of injury as he tries to prove he's this team's quarterback of the future. • Giants: The big question here is whether Saquon Barkley can stay healthy. He's looked pretty good in training camp so far and has had back-to-back disappointing seasons playing 15 games and missing 18. At 25, Barkley is still young enough to regain at least some of his dynamic ability from his rookie year in 2018. • Jets: They already had a promising young back after a strong rookie season from Michael Carter. Now they have two, having added Breece Hall in the second round of this year's draft. Both Hall and Carter receive guns from the backfield and have different running styles that allow offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur to position them to succeed. • Giants: Can Kenny Golladay do better than last year? Low bar there. Second-round rookie Wan'Dale Robinson feels like a wild card in the slot. But Sterling Shepard -- recovering from a torn Achilles tendon and entering a year under contract -- gives the Giants a veteran slot presence. This positional group feels they could be either pretty good or really bad for Brian Daboll's offense. • Jets: For the first time in more than five years, the Jets have multiple explosive playmakers at the receiver. Elijah Moore showed his big play potential with a strong second half of his rookie season. And rookie Garrett Wilson is the most physically gifted receiver on the team, with remarkable athleticism and jumping. It's too early to know if the Jets will be any good, but this group will be fun. • Giants: A lot of questions. The Giants let Evan Engram run free and replaced him with a less impressive veteran, Ricky Seals-Jones, who landed on injured reserve (toe) in training camp and is already done for the season. Starter is Daniel Bellinger, a rookie from the fourth round. And the Giants have a whole lot of uncertainty on top of that. Heck, there are no guarantees Bellinger can be a consistent player even as a rookie starter. Big weak point for Giants. • Jets: Tight end position hasn't been a priority for the Jets in recent years, but that changed this offseason when they added two proven starters in C. This should give them a whole lot more options in running and passing and make their attack more dangerous overall. • Giants: Evan Neal is an instant upgrade in proper tackle. Of course, there are also low poles. Andrew Thomas seems to be developing into a very good left tackle. But the inside line has significant problems, especially in the middle and on the left. And left guard Shane Lemieux can't stay healthy, so the Giants may need to start third-round rookie Joshua Ezeudu in his place to get the season started. • Jets: They lost Mekhi Becton right tackle for the season but may have improved the line-up with the addition of Duane Brown (who will play left tackle while George Fant switches to right). The big concern is chemistry: The line just got their first team drill reps together in pads on Thursday, 17 days before the start of the season. • Giants: The Giants have some solid defensemen in Dexter Lawrence and Leonard Williams. This is a good positional group for the Giants, but they don't have much proven depth. Like the Jets, the Giants could be pretty good on the defensive line in 2022. • Jets: The deepest position on the roster, with so much quality depth that they'll likely have to eliminate more than one player worthy of an NFL roster spot. It's a good problem to have. If Lawson can be an Impact player coming off his ruptured Achilles and if Williams can make the jump from very good to great in Year 4, the Jets could have one of the best D-lines in the league. • Giants: How will Blake Martinez, who returned this season with a pay cut, recover from his cruciate ligament rupture last season? He's a real starter when he's healthy as he's shown in 2020. The bigger question here is Tae Crowder, who might have lost his starting job to sixth-round rookie Darrian Beavers had Beavers not torn his ACL. • Jets: C.J. Mosley has played well in 2021 after missing most of the past two years, and at age 30 a return to a Pro Bowl level is still plausible. Quincy Williams is an exciting, high-profile player who just keeps growing. Jamien Sherwood has excelled in his transition from safety and Kwon Alexander offers depth of quality with starting potential if he can stay healthy. A position that was weak in 2021 now looks pretty solid. • Giants: If Azeez Ojulari and Kayvon Thibodeaux can stay healthy - and the Giants have just dodged a serious knee injury from Thibodeaux - they can form a dynamic edge-rushing duo. The Giants have struggled to get top production from the likes of Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines in recent years. • Jets: The Jets have no outside linebackers in their 4-3 base defense and view their edge rushers as defensive linemen. Their top edge rushers -- Lawson and John Franklin-Myers -- should be effective at worst, with plenty of upside potential depending on Lawson's level of play. • Giants: Some real figures (cornerback Adoree' Jackson and safety Xavier McKinney), but also three big questions. And what performance can the Giants expect from Darnay Holmes in the slot? Oh, and also this: Is Jackson really capable of being a No. 1 corner after the Giants cut James Bradberry? Defensive coordinator Wink Martindale likes to blitz and play man-to-man coverage. • Jets: Cornerback was a weak position in 2021. J. Reed added to the squad, it's a strength now with all the experience their current backups have gained over the last year. They also improved safety by adding Jordan Whtehead to pair with Lamarcus Joyner, who sustained a tricep injury at the end of Week 1 last year. Many of the Jets' problems stopping the run and giving up big games last year stemmed from their lack of secondary school experience. With three veterans and a super-talented rookie backing up defensively, many of these mistakes should be prevented before they happen. • Giants: The main difference here is Kicker. Graham Gano wasn't elite last season, but he ranked 14th in the NFL in terms of field goal percentage. The Giants mostly know what they're getting from Gano. • Jets: Greg Zuerlein won the seed this week when the Jets clipped Eddy Pineiro. But there are some concerns after he missed six extra points last season, the same amount he missed in the last five years combined. Zürlein is the eighth (!) kicker to appear in a game for the Jets since early 2019. The Giants are ahead in four areas - quarterback, running back, outside linebacker, and special teams. And the Jets are ahead in six areas -- tight end, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, inside linebacker, and secondary. So while neither team will be a Super Bowl contender this season -- and both could absolutely miss the playoffs all over again -- the Jets should have a better season than the Giants, who are hitting the reset button under a new head coach and GM . Darryl Slater can be reached at [email protected] Andy Vasquez can be reached at [email protected]

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The Koch Network and other Trump allies are tacitly supporting his biggest GOP critic

Cheney is using some of Trump's own advisers and allies, including the powerful Koch network, to keep the former president from a second term in the White House. (Author: Gardener)

TrumpCheney is now considering running against Trump for president in 2024, she told NBC News, and has quietly assembled a team of top GOP advisors to help her ensure he never returns to the White House. Cheney is now considering running against Trump for president in 2024, she told NBC News, and has quietly assembled a team of top GOP advisors to help her ensure he never returns to the White House. She lost the Republican nomination last week in a landslide race to one of Trump's picks, Wyoming Attorney Harriet Hageman. She lost the Republican nomination last week in a landslide race to one of Trump's picks, Wyoming Attorney Harriet Hageman. Republican Rep. Liz Cheney has assembled a group of political advisers with ties to former President Donald Trump and the sprawling Koch network as she ponders a run for the White House after losing the GOP primary for her Wyoming House seat would have. Republican Rep. Liz Cheney has assembled a group of political advisers with ties to former President Donald Trump and the sprawling Koch network as she ponders a run for the White House after losing the GOP primary for her Wyoming House seat would have. Trump, whose home club Mar-a-Lago in Florida was raided by the FBI just days before the primary, has not ruled out running for president again in two years. Cheney is using some of Trump's own advisers and allies, including those from the powerful Koch network, to try to stop the former president from winning a second term in the White House. "These people will be persona non grata after Cheney's loss," said a senior GOP strategist close to Trump when asked if the president and his staff would work with the former Cheney advisers again. According to the New York Times, Jeff Miller, a longtime lobbyist and ally of House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has told the sellers not to work with Cheney's team. Miller and a Trump spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. A spokesman for Cheney did not respond to a request for comment. Billionaire conservative political backer Charles Koch is helping Cheney through i360, a data and technology company owned by his conglomerate Koch Industries, according to financial database PitchBook and Federal Election Commission filings. The filing shows that two PACs, Conservatives for a Strong America and Wyomingite's Defending Freedom and Democracy, paid i360 to help deliver pro-Cheney ads via text messages. Axios reported that the leader of Wyomingite's Defending Freedom and Democracy is former Trump White House adviser Julia Griswold Dailer, who did not respond to a request for comment. A nonprofit partially funded by Charles Koch, Americans for Prosperity, paid $11 million for data services to i360, according to the nonprofit's 2020 tax return. While Koch did not endorse Trump during either his 2016 or 2020 campaigns, his political network worked with the Trump administration to support some of the former president's key initiatives, including cutting regulations on businesses and sweeping tax cuts. Americans for Prosperity recently ran a publicity campaign targeting Democratic lawmakers, including moderate Sens. Va. and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., to oppose the more than $400 billion Inflation Reduction Act that President Joe Biden signed into law earlier this month. FEC records show i360 also with Dr. Mehmet Oz, whom Trump backed for the Pennsylvania open Senate seat, as well as Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., who voted to impeach the former president and lost in his recent elementary school. Representatives from the pro-Cheney PACs, Koch Industries, i360 and Americans for Prosperity did not respond to requests for comment. After this story was published, Americans for Prosperity spokesman Bill Riggs challenged the headline of that article, noting that the group did not work on the Wyoming House race between Cheney and Hageman. AFP and AFP Action have competed in over 300 races this year - the Wyoming House race was not one of them. A spokesman for Koch Industries told CNBC in an email after this story was published that i360 has over a thousand customers and that anyone using their product does not imply endorsement or endorsement. “The reality is that i360 has over a thousand clients, the majority of whom are B2B [business to business], along with myriad campaigns and political organizations, and that includes a number of candidates backed by former President Trump as well as those , which he rejected. Utilization of i360's state-of-the-art data technology does not imply endorsement or even unique endorsement," the spokesman said. Trump and the Koch family weren't always close, even after the former president passed long-awaited tax cuts and the nomination of scores of conservative-minded Supreme Court justices. People close to Trump told CNBC that the former president and those associated with him may stop working with Cheney's team members in the future. FEC filings show that one of the top contributors to the Cheney campaign in the 2022 election cycle was a company called Red Right Media. That company received more than $1 million in advertising and media services from Cheney's campaign during its first run in 2022, including more than $300,000 in July, according to FEC disclosures, according to FEC disclosures. Although it does not appear to have a public website, Virginia business records say that Red Right Media is an alternate name for a company called X/Roads Communications. According to state business records, X/Roads Communications is headed by Mike Dubke, a veteran Republican strategist who once worked in the Trump White House as communications director. Dubke was a managing partner of X/Roads Communications before taking on the role at Trump in 2017, according to financial statements filed while heading the White House communications team. Dubke resigned from the White House communications post in 2017 after less than 100 days in office. Since then, Red Right Media has received millions of dollars from Republican groups for advisory work, according to data from nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets. Records show that a super PAC named DefendArizona paid more than $4 million for Red Right Media's services. The Super PAC supported Martha McSally as she ran a failed campaign against Sinema during the 2018 election. DefendArizona was funded in part by Citadel CEO Ken Griffin and the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC working with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Black Rock Group, a media consultancy Dubke co-founded and not affiliated with investment firm BlackRock, previously received more than $100,000 from Cheney's 2018 campaign. Dubke and Black Rock Group did not respond to requests for comment.

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What happened to the Saturday morning cartoons?

From Rocky and Bullwinkle to Animaniacs, Saturday morning cartoons were the ritual of generations of kids until they weren't anymore. (Author: Gardener)

morningThe animated television series began in 1950 with Crusader Rabbit, followed shortly thereafter by The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, a creation of Crusader Rabbit's producer Jay Ward. Animated series gained immense popularity in 1960 with the prime time show The Flintstones, proving that there was an audience for animated television. The Flintstones was the longest-running prime-time animated feature until it was overtaken by The Simpsons. Throughout the 1960s, animation was perceived as a medium for children, prompting broadcasters to shift animated series from prime time to Saturday mornings. A major event in cartoon history came in 1966 when all three major networks aired Saturday morning animation blocks. After The Flintstones ended prime time in 1966, Hanna-Barbera Productions turned its attention to Saturday mornings, creating content specifically for children and for all three major networks. Shows like Magilla Gorilla, Atom Ant, Space Ghost and Dino Boy, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles, and syndicated reruns of The Flintstones bore the Hanna-Barbera name in 1966 (fun fact: Hanna-Barbera provided the lion's share of projects over the next 30 years , production of 249 individual animated series - over 1,200 hours of original episodes - for television). Other animation studios promptly added their own contributions to the now-popular Saturday Mornings, including Filmation Associates, who contributed The New Adventures of Superman. RELATED: Genndy Tartakovsky Signs Overall Deal With Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. TV networks found animation was more profitable than producing live-action shows. A voice actor could play multiple roles, reruns shared the cost of the initial investment, and the toy and cereal commercials that aired during the shows persuaded the children watching to get their parents to buy the products. The latter would prove controversial, with parents and educators raising concerns about the impact of Saturday morning cartoons and the direct marketing that comes with them. The researchers found that children had difficulty discerning differences between the shows and the ads running with them, and were unable to understand how manipulative the commercials could be. In 1978, the Federal Trade Commission attempted to ban advertising for children under the age of six, but groups representing toy companies, advertisers, and the grain industry agreed to add educational and informational content alongside advertising, resulting in public service announcements such as The Bod Squad and One to Grow On alongside the educational schoolhouse Rock!, which has been played since 1973. In the 1980s, Saturday morning cartoons evolved into something else. Series based on existing TV shows, like The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang or It's Punky Brewster, laid the groundwork for the next phase of Saturday morning: cross-promotional marketing. Up to this point, animated cartoons were mostly original creations, but now they were created to further blur the line between advertising and entertainment, with programs based on toys, video games, and movies. The Real Ghostbusters and Rambo: The Force of Freedom spawned a marketing triumvirate: film, cartoon, and toy marketability. This new take on the Saturday morning cartoons was still popular with children, but became increasingly unpopular with parent groups. Persistent appeals to the FCC over numerous cases of violence and child advertising eventually led to a 1988 bill that would restrict advertising, but the bill was defeated by then-President Ronald Reagan. Undeterred, Congress introduced a new Children's Television Act (CTA) in 1990 that imposed stricter rules on what a network could show on Saturday mornings. Advertisements for toys aired during shows the toy is based on, à la G.I. Joe, were banned and there had to be a clear separation between programming and advertising. What followed was the first true sign of the end of Saturday morning as we knew it. The networks circumvented the CTA's restrictions by syndicating cartoons on Saturday mornings, allowing them to be re-shown on weekday afternoons, since that time was not subject to the same strict advertising rules as Saturday mornings. The report called on all broadcasters to broadcast at least three hours a week of educational and informational programming for children, and banned commercials for promotional items between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. Although the report didn't directly lead to the end of Saturday morning's cartoons, it was a huge blow, especially given the children's disinterest in educational programs. The advent of technology in the 1990s knocked Saturday morning cartoons to the ground. Cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs, and Pinky and the Brain kept Saturday mornings alive, but the launch of cable networks like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channel offered alternatives to watching cartoons. In the 2000s, Saturday mornings were now filled with repurposed reruns from cable networks or cheap cartoons from other countries. Networks soon began scrapping animated shows from Saturday morning programming altogether, replacing them with live-action series that fulfilled the government's educational mandate, such as Litton's Weekend Adventure, which supplemented the Saturday morning ABC Kids block with pro- social and non-written programs. The Saturday morning ritual was officially pronounced dead when, as noted above, The CW Network aired The Vortexx's final animated program on September 27, 2014. So wake up at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning and grab a bowl full of good luck charms and watch Hong Kong Phooey or The Banana Splits Show in your pajamas and relive the days when Saturday morning is the most anticipated time of the week for kids (and maybe a coffee too - it's hard to relive youth).

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The WWE draft delay will ultimately bolster SmackDown and Raw Rosters amid rumors

Since 2019, the fall season has traditionally been the annual WWE Draft, and this year's edition seemed to be no exception. It seemed like it was going to take place... (Author: Gardener)

SmackDown(Photo credit: WWE.com) Since 2019, the annual WWE draft has traditionally been held during the fall season, and this year's edition seemed to be no exception. It seemed like it would take place immediately after Clash at the Castle on September 3, with SmackDown Superstars scheduled to appear on the post-event edition of Raw and vice versa. However, since nothing was officially announced, fans began to doubt that it was soon after. In fact, a new report from Fightful Select (featuring WrestlingNews.co's Andrew Ravens) surfaced this week indicating that a draft may not be imminent, with USA Network sources being given the impression it will take place around WrestleMania's season instead of. WWE's Triple H era has already seen many positive changes. Giving him free rein in squads and putting everyone where he wants them is exciting in theory, but there should be no rush to have a draft at the moment. From bolstering the Survivor Series season to simply more ideal timing, Raw and SmackDown will benefit greatly as WWE waits until a few more months to shake up both brands' landscapes. Brand Loyalty Means More in Survivor Series SeasonBased on the latest promotional poster released for this year's Survivor Series pay-per-view, it appears WWE isn't doing away with the theme of brand supremacy, despite the fact that it's been used by the was mostly received negatively by fans. On paper, fans should enjoy pitting the best of Raw and SmackDown against each other. Aliyah is a recent example. The slogan that it's the one night of the year when superstars from SmackDown and Raw collide was proven wrong many years ago. What didn't help was that the draft was only a month before the PPV. There's no brand loyalty if someone changes shows just beforehand, and there are no missions worth fighting for (which should also be fixed this year). They need to be established well before Survivor Series so audiences can associate them with the brand they're on. If Triple H is determined to make Survivor Series a success on November 26th (and it can be the case with the correct booking), he must keep all exclusive to their own shows, except for those who own uniform titles that can travel across brands. What's interesting about WWE's staging of their October draft over the past several years is that it hasn't always been like this. The company originally had the right idea of ​​holding the inaugural installment (after forming the brand extension) in the spring just after WrestleMania 2002. That lasted until 2007 when for some reason it was pushed back to the summer before returning to April in 2009. When WWE reintroduced brand extension in 2016, he was a draft that summer, the Superstar Shake-up was introduced in April 2017. The ill-defined Superstar shake-up was always poorly executed compared to the draft, but his timing right after 'Mania was ideal. WWE should stick to that from 2023 onwards. The post-WrestleMania season means change. The WWE draft can achieve this, along with the calling of stars from NXT provided they continue to be involved. WWE has boasted about Raw and SmackDown "season premieres" for the past few years, and that's most likely why the draft was an October staple for a couple of years. In reality, the night after WrestleMania Sunday is WWE's true season premiere and should be treated as such with the draft. It's a blast following the weekly WWE product and not knowing what's going to happen next. Certain surprises have been speculated in advance or have come out of nowhere, but either way, every debuting and returning Superstar on SmackDown and Raw has given viewers the vibe that anything can happen at any time. That's exactly the feeling All Elite Wrestling captured last year with Dynamite. Of course, Triple H can't count on Returns forever to keep WWE shows interesting, but they effectively shake up the rosters without a formal draft being required. Since SummerSlam, fans have been treated to the return of Dakota Kai, Iyo Sky, Karrion Kross, Dexter Lumis, Hit Row and Johnny Gargano. WWE has been losing star power over the past two years after so many rounds of release, and these well-known NXT faces will add significant roster depth. However, there is no reason for everyone else to switch shows any time soon, if they do now I have new people to work with. The influx of talent should be enough to capture the sense of change for the foreseeable future. Deviating from the norm and approaching the draft differently If Triple H isn't mad at the idea of ​​a brand split, he should try to make the SmackDown and Raw rosters as important and balanced as possible. Most of the time, that wasn't the case in the draft or Superstar shake-up. One brand usually looks stronger than the other, but the new creative director needs to avoid that with the next installment. Doing things differently than Vince McMahon would have done is why audiences are optimistic with The Game at the creative helm. In addition to the timing of the draft, the overall execution should be tweaked to give it a real sense of legitimacy, just like other sports do. As previously mentioned, the approach WWE took with the Superstar Shake-up was lazy. The draft was booked a little better, but there were always inconsistencies in the way it was handled and certain stars that didn't get drafted. Delaying the draft until April would give Triple H more time to decide how to proceed. It should be built as a highly anticipated event and not given away on a whim after Clash at the Castle just to send the message that changes are coming. Also, The Game can do a lot more with the current rosters before they're all uprooted. Figuring Out How World Titles Will Be Split First The biggest problem the company is currently facing is how it will split the WWE Championship and Universal Championship back into their own separate entities. They were united at WrestleMania 38 when Roman Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar for both belts, but WWE hasn't quite figured out what it wants to do with the top titles just yet. Reigns has played his heel role exceptionally well over the past two years, but with the expansion of the squad, a part-time world champion who only shows getting up occasionally isn't ideal. The end of his run with the titles was near, or at least one of them. Given how long The Tribal Chief has held the universal belt, assigning the WWE title to Raw makes more sense, but either way, Raw and SmackDown need their own world champions. The belts will be undone by WrestleMania 39 April, allowing each brand to pick a world champion to draft after the event. They won't be united until Clash at the Castle at the earliest, but then WWE will have to seriously think about how they're going to explain everything in the draft and how this new era will start with a bang. Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, has specialized in sports and entertainment writing since 2010.

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