David Taylor

25 Jun 19
Arcynewsy

Tuesday, 06/25/2019 18:31 clock Bausa – “fever” (Downbeat Records / Warner, since June 21) So fast it goes with this Bausa: Just yet he blows in the song “Guadalajara” to orgy with whiskey and cheap sex, to crawl only three minutes later to crosses. Then, searching for a “bride in a white dress” and looking […]

25 Jun 19
The Catholic Eye

This is my third post on this book by Taylor Marshall, and the latest one is here, https://catholiceye.wordpress.com/2019/06/18/infiltration-of-the-church/ ; and due to the reviews have gone up and down on whether to read the book, but finally got hold of it and am about a third of the way through and it is excellent. It […]

25 Jun 19
GRABAKA HITMAN

  All fight cards and times subject to change.   TUESDAY, JUNE 25TH   [MUAY THAI] MAX Muay Thai Fighter Thailand Main Card – YouTube / Facebook – 7:25am ET / 4:25am PT         [MMA] Contender Series 2019: Week 2 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Main Card – ESPN+ (US) / UFC Fight Pass / TSN Direct […]

25 Jun 19
Making A Scene!

Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All-Stars Brasil! Jazz Forum When we think of Brazilian music, we probably first envision guitars or maybe those iconic Stan Getz/ Gilberto collaborations.  In fact, the music lends itself to all kinds of instrumentation and this 2CD offering  from trumpeter and flugelhornist, bandleader Mark Morganelli, is as a good […]

25 Jun 19
Graphic Policy

Like in any industry, comic books and their companies listen most to one thing and that’s your money! What does your money tell them? What does it tell us as fans? What series do people say they adore but can’t seem to catch a break and what books to people hate that sell out? What […]

25 Jun 19
The Baseball Auditor

6/24/19 Matthew Bell Boston-The Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox hooked up for the first of three at Fenway Park Monday night. The game featured good pitching and offense with key players from both sides contributing. The pitching match up featured break out Ace Lucas Giolito (10-2,2.74 ERA) taking on Boston left-hander, Eduardo Rodriguez […]

25 Jun 19
Booth, Justice and the American Pastime

The fans who stuck it out until the bottom of the tenth inning on Monday night at Cheney Stadium got to see a real treat: a game-ending grand slam. Chris Mariscal belted a two-out homer with the bases loaded to give the Rainiers a 7-4 win over El Paso in the final game of the […]

25 Jun 19
The Undefeated
NEW YORK – Steve Mills sat with his family in the stands of Madison Square Garden during the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. As the New York Rangers competed for a championship on the ice, Mills couldn’t help but dream about the day the New York Knicks would do the same on the hardwood. “I know what winning in this city would feel like, and how important it would be,” Mills, who is currently the Knicks’ team president, told The Undefeated. “I sat with my wife and daughter at a Rangers game when they were in the Stanley Cup Final. And I said, ‘Listen, this is big. This is really a big opportunity. But this is nothing compared to what would happen when the Knicks get to the Finals.’ … “We want to deliver a championship team to New York. As a kid who grew up in New York, if I could be a part of setting that foundation, and building that right … that’s what’s exciting about it. It’s hard, but it’s exciting.” The Long Island native and lifelong Knicks fan fondly recalls when the team raised its last championship banner following the 1972-73 season. Nearly a half-century later, Mills believes the storied yet struggling franchise is finally back on track to put together a title-contending team. The Knicks are coming off a disappointing season in which they finished with the worst record in the league and traded star forward Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks. But New York is looking on the bright side. Last week, the franchise took a step in the right direction by selecting RJ Barrett with the No. 3 pick in the NBA draft. And, thanks to the Porzingis deal, which netted the team a talented young guard in Dennis Smith Jr. and two future first-round picks, the Knicks will head into free agency with major salary cap space. “We’re going to do everything we can to try to attract free agents, as long as they’re the guys that buy into what we’re trying to do as an organization,” Mills said. New York has long been linked as a potential destination for Golden State Warriors free agent forward Kevin Durant. (Knicks general manager Scott Perry was part of the Seattle SuperSonics’ front office that drafted Durant.) But it remains to be seen how Durant’s Achilles injury affects things on both sides. The Knicks also are hopeful for a free agent meeting with 2019 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, according to a source, and have interest in New York City native Kemba Walker and New Jersey native Kyrie Irving. The team is also interested in two players from Perry’s days as assistant general manager for the Orlando Magic: Philadelphia 76ers free agent forward Tobias Harris and Orlando Magic free agent center Nikola Vucevic. [boxout id=”169716″] Other free agents on the Knicks’ radar include their own free agent center DeAndre Jordan, Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins and twins Markieff and Marcus Morris. New Orleans Pelicans forward Julius Randle and the Knicks also have mutual interest, according to sources. “We are going to have the opportunity to meet with the guys we want to meet with,” Mills said, without offering details or confirming names. There is the real possibility the Knicks don’t land any of their top targets, but the fact that Mills and the front office are in position to compete for elite free agents just two years after Phil Jackson left as president of basketball operations is no small feat. To say the Knicks were a mess under Jackson would be an understatement. New York won a mere 80 games during the three seasons Jackson was in charge. Among Jackson’s worst moves were giving Carmelo Anthony a no-trade clause in his five-year, $124 million deal and signing Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million deal. Jackson also had public feuds with Anthony and Porzingis. And, not to be forgotten, he was slammed for his “posse” comments in reference to LeBron James’ business partners. Jackson was eventually replaced in 2017 by Mills, who was the team’s general manager under Jackson. Mills’ first notable front-office move as president was hiring Perry, who was assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings and drafted guard De’Aaron Fox and center Harry Giles. Perry’s previous front office experience included stints with the Detroit Pistons, Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder and the Orlando Magic. “I started feeling better the minute I hired Scott Perry,” Mills said. A year later, Mills hired Fizdale, who led the Memphis Grizzlies to the playoffs in his first season with the franchise in 2017 before being fired after a 7-12 start (and friction with Grizzlies star Marc Gasol) to open the 2017-18 season. Fizdale had interest from other teams and a head coaching offer from the Phoenix Suns, but said he was “foaming at the mouth” for the Knicks job. The Knicks told Fizdale that they wanted a head coach who was committed to a patient build. “I told them, ‘You don’t have to worry about me because I am in for the plan,’ ” Fizdale said. “The plan is we’re going after particular people who are trying to fit what we are trying to build. And if it doesn’t fall in line, then we don’t go down that road.” The Knicks hired Fizdale in May 2018. That created the first NBA trio of a black president, general manager and head coach. From left to right: Steve Mills, David Fizdale and Scott Perry of the New York Knicks during a news conference announcing Fizdale as the new head coach on May 8 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. “When I look back on my life I will have an opportunity to say, ‘I had an opportunity to be a part of the first time three African American men have held these positions with a sports franchise,’ ” Fizdale said. “I can always say I did that.” In a league that is predominantly African American – the NBA was 74.8 percent African American and 81.9 percent people of color during the 2018-19 season, according to the 2019 National Basketball Association Racial and Gender Report – no franchise has more black representation in the front office than the current Knicks. Besides Mills, Perry and Fizdale, assistant general manager Gerald Madkins and special assistant to the general manager Allan Houston are African American. Vice president of player and organizational development Craig Robinson, who is the brother-in-law of former President Barack Obama, and director of player personnel Harold Ellis are also black. And the Knicks’ roving scout, Makhtar Ndiaye, is a former NBA player from Senegal. “The African American front office, that doesn’t get lost on guys,” Mills said. Barrett said he was pleasantly surprised to see a predominantly black front office and head coach when he met with the Knicks the morning after they landed the third overall pick in the draft lottery on May 14. The meeting included Mills, Perry, Fizdale, Madkins, Robinson and director of scouting and administration Kristian Petesic. Perry said Barrett told the Knicks during that meeting that he wanted to come to New York. “It was a great meeting,” Barrett told The Undefeated. “They were all great, and very honest, and I really appreciated that. We had a great conversation. “I was very surprised, but I was really comfortable.” Later that night, the Knicks met separately with Barrett’s father, Rowan, whom Perry has known since they competed against each other as assistant coaches at St. John’s and Michigan, respectively. “That makes a huge statement when you have a big prospect like [Barrett] say, ‘This organization has a chance to be something special,’ and wants to be part of something like that,” Perry said. “That says a lot of about [me, Mills and Fizdale], that says a lot about the team. He obviously feels a connection to the city, the fan base and a connection to the three of us.” Two years ago, that wasn’t necessarily the case. During the 2017 NBA draft combine, Mills said, prospects from the University of Kentucky refused to meet with the Knicks. “It was frustrating for me because I had never been in a situation where, especially rookies, there was a narrative amongst the young guys that they didn’t want to come play for the Knicks,” Mills said. “They didn’t want to meet with us in Chicago. I said, ‘We’ve got to change that and start with the young guys.’ ” The sentiment toward the Knicks began to change after Knox, who played at Kentucky, expressed excitement about the possibility of joining the Knicks. New York drafted Knox ninth overall in the 2018 NBA draft. Fizdale said the key for the Knicks’ change in reputation is personally “connecting with the players.” “We treat our kids like they are our kids,” Fizdale said. “We don’t treat them like basketball players. We treat them like family members. We’re going to turn this by doing it, just not talking about it.” New York has talented young guards in Barrett, Smith Jr., Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina, and a potential star forward in Knox. Perry and Madkins also found two diamonds in the rough in center Mitchell Robinson and undrafted guard Allonzo Trier. And the Knicks have seven first-round picks from 2019-2023. Kevin Knox #20 of the New York Knicks goes to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 17, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. While the Knicks have an opportunity to acquire a major free agent or two in July, they maintain they will be patient to make the right move or no move at all. Mills said that Knicks ownership is committed to a patient build with no pressure to sign free agents. “Our plan wasn’t to create $70 million in room to go after free agents this summer,” Mills said. “Our plan was to organically build this team through teamwork, drafting well, getting high-character guys that want to compete. The [salary cap] space was a byproduct of that. If the right guys are there for us, great, because we still have all the young pieces and draft picks to move forward. “And if they’re not, we’re going to keep building our plan, drafting our guys, playing well and potentially being trade partners. We feel really good about where we are going.” Said Perry: “As an outsider coming in two years ago, I can’t tell you how many people have stopped me and said, ‘Stick to your guns. Keep doing what you’re doing. We like what you guys are doing.’ For so many years there has been detoured paths. ‘Oh, there is a shiny object over there. There is an aging star over there. Go grab the name.’ “No. We are trying to build a basketball team that will be good for a long time. Look at the teams in the [NBA] Finals, the final four and the elite eight in the playoffs, it took years to build those teams.” The Knicks haven’t been to the Finals in 20 years and haven’t been to the playoffs since 2013. There is more intense pressure to win in New York than perhaps any other sports market in North America. While that could sound daunting to free agents, it could also be a selling point. “The opportunity to put a banner in that building? You’re not a competitor if you don’t want that,” Fizdale said. Mills mentioned how revered former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter and former New York Giants star Lawrence Taylor are in the Big Apple. For an NBA player to win a title in New York with the Knicks, Mills believes “there is no other place that you can be as iconic.” “This is the basketball capital of the world. The most important city in the world,” Mills said. “And to come here and win? This city is starved for winning basketball, a championship that counts in basketball. I don’t think there’s a better place where you can all of a sudden build your legacy and be iconic forever.”
25 Jun 19
The Hakluyt Society Blog

Hakluyt Society Symposium 2019: “Rethinking Power in Maritime Encounters”, Leiden, 5-6 September 2019 Organised by the Hakluyt Society in collaboration with Leiden University’s Institute of History, the Linschoten-Vereeniging, and Itinerario Thursday 5 September 08:00 – 8:30 registration / welcome 08:30 – 10:20 panel 1 [Labour Relations] Pepijn Brandon – ‘Varieties of Force: Experiments in Coerced […]

25 Jun 19
Vienna's Classic Hollywood

  Relaxing in the jungle. Lauren Bacall, John Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn. THE AFRICAN QUEEN.           Bette without a cigarette in her hand, very unusual.        

25 Jun 19
Tranquil Dreams

Its time for the next double feature! The alphabet Netflix is going a bit awkward and weird and it won’t look like the whole alphabet at this point with doubles and triples here and there for various letters. Anyways, this is the penultimate one before we finish up the 26 movies in this rundown. This […]

25 Jun 19
NATION AND STATE

WASHINGTON—Federal officials are consuming tax dollars so quickly that America’s national debt is $22 trillion and it’s increasing $100,000 every second of every hour of every day, 365 days a year, with no end in sight. This government spending tsunami isn’t happening despite Congress but mainly because of it. For leaders like Sen. David Perdue […]

25 Jun 19
JOMC 134 Participation Blogging

Week 3- we are working on all the planning that is going into the project. Taylor will be working on planning out the photo shots, and will begin all the product shots for the smoothie ingredients. We will wait to take the rest of the pictures until we meet up next week to do the […]

25 Jun 19
The Big Lead

A conversation with the ESPN MLB broadcaster!