NFL Draft 2019: The “What I Would Do” Mock

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It’s mock draft SZN folks. I’ve put together a few predictive mocks based on rumors and general consensus already, but it’s way more fun to put yourself in the GM’s shoes and hash out what you would do. PFF’s Steve Palazzolo does a great series of “what I would do” mock drafts, where he describes that this draft is an exercise in what he would personally do in that team’s situation in the very first paragraph, and yet the replies on social media are full of randos yelling at him that “so and so would never fall that far” or “[insert team here] would never take this player.” This is my warning that if you do not read this intro and do the same thing to me, I’m screenshotting this paragraph and making you look like a fool.

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Republicans Never Cared About Any of This Shit

For the most part, I’ve given up calling out Republicans on their hypocrisy. That’s a never-ending exercise that both sides have kind of just accepted as an inevitable part of politics in 2019. Those “Could you imagine if Obama did this completely insane thing Trump did?” tweets hit home at first, but since you could tweet that same premise about twelve times a day, every day, about new things and still be right, it’s played out. Deep down we all know that if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton did even 5% of the insane shit Donald Trump does, Republicans would have literally burned down Washington (remember when Trump said we should seize guns without due process?! Just imagine!). But that’s not what this post is about.

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My 2018 NFL Award Winners

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As a dedicated amateur opinion-haver, debating the individual NFL award winners throughout the season is one of my favorite pastimes. Most times the professional opinion-havers get the awards right, but they don’t decide for another month, so I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring and make some picks.

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My Favorite Songs & Albums of 2018

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2018 was easily the best year for music since I started doing my “Favorites” lists a few years ago. Hip hop certainly dominated my Spotify plays, but a certain Texas soul singer earned the prestigious honors of “Allen Echo’s #1 Song and Album”: Mr. Leon Bridges.

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You Don’t Have to Advocate for the Devil

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Recently I’ve found myself in more and more quarrels with a certain type of political mind. A political mind that doesn’t necessarily have a specific ideology. A mind that doesn’t spend that much time discussing the actual effects of government policies. A mind that you may come to realize aligns with yours on ten out of ten policy positions — after an hour of heated political disagreement. A mind whose primary political identity can be summed up as Anti-Anti-Trump: opposed to those who oppose Trump.

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Gun Control Advocates Understand The Issue Just Fine: It’s The Other Side That Doesn’t

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I promise that not all of my posts will be about guns, but I just got back from the March For Our Lives and had some thoughts.

In a section of my last post, I wrote about the constant lecturing and nitpicking that pro-gun folks are waiting to give gun control advocates when they get certain details about guns wrong. It’s annoying and mostly useless, I argued, but just try to get the details right and then you won’t have to worry about it. It’s been a few weeks since I wrote that, and in that time, young people (mostly high school students) across the country have protested, marched, walked out and led a national conversation on gun control that is bigger than any we’ve seen in recent memory. And since the mantle of the gun control issue has been taken up and is now held by young people, the detail nitpicking and condescending lecturing has gone from an annoying online trend to the dominant strategy of the pro-gun right.

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Let’s Get Political

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When I’ve got a lot on my mind and I can’t make the topic work for a song, social media is the outlet I often turn to. I know that I’m nothing more than a goldfish yelling into the surrounding ocean, but it’s cathartic and necessary for my sanity. This current political climate has created a permanent fog of anger and desperation among those of us that care about the direction of the country. Channeling that anger and desperation into something positive is what we should strive for, but the expression of frustration and establishing political positions is useful as well.

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