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NFL: Four rookie quarterbacks looking to leave their mark

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It didn't take long for one of the most talked about QB draft classes to begin imprinting themselves on the NFL. We're a quarter of the way through the 2018-19 NFL season. Over this span, we've witnessed high-scoring affairs, a modern take of the "Greatest Show on Turf", and far too many overtimes and tie games to deal with.
Among all of this action, we've also seen four of the five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft start at least one game.
And all four don't look to be relinquishing their spot anytime soon.
Success has been varied for each, to be expected at his point in their careers. Three of them have a win under their belt. All four have looked impressive at times, mediocre in long stretches, and completely lost in spurts.
One, Baker Mayfield, has looked pretty electric in his eight plus quarters of action.
The fifth quarterback taken in the first round, Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, has seen game action as well…

Devising, creating and writing

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Hitting a wall arrives more out of laziness than anything else. Right? Writing every day should happen, even with a few words, a few sentences being put to paper. Different stories require different states of mind. Or so I've led myself to believe.

Sometimes scorching thoughts burn through the brain cells, leaving embers floating along the path of once working synapses.

Stall.

So I free write. Devising something new. Or so I'd like to believe.

A chance
before the world spins out of control.
Carrying towards zero
desiring to win.
Executing with every ounce
finally settling in with zeal.
Guarding life with limitless energy.

Having to settle for a lost wish
inserted via a narrow sleeve
Joking still
keeps me at the forefront of deep.

Little by little I zoom
maybe into the place of misguided care

Never have (rarely) given a peep
or maybe it's just a lull
pleading inside for something more.
Quiet leads to coda
rarity leaves behind vapors
searing the last traces of love.

Time
Under …

WWE: Matt Hardy unlaces boots for (possibly) final time

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Speculation has been swirling for weeks, but it appears the WWE's Matt Hardy has wrestled his last match. Growing up, way back in the late 1980's, when professional wrestling entered my world, those late Saturday nights when what formerly was the WWF (now WWE) came on, I was kid in complete awe.
There was Andre the Giant dominating opponents. I dreamed of one day having 24-inch pythons, all thanks to eating my vitamins. Snakes being brought out and being placed on fallen opponents and the insurmountable presence of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper all piqued my interest.
These were much simpler times, ones in which naivete about the world of wrestling, not realizing the outcomes had been scripted, allowed awe and an infinite suspension of disbelief.
By the time my late teens and early 20's rolled around, I'd handed over my fandom of the WWE for others to love. I'd outgrown the sport enough to not watch the shows anymore (but still occasionally read up on).
Matt Hardy…

USMNT: Transition period in full swing

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After missing the 2018 World Cup and still without a permanent coach, the USMNT is very much a team in transition. Hope and dreams of a bright future are very different than the results they bring.
For the United States Men's National Team, all three will eventually one day coincide.
We knew after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, changes were going to come for the USMNT. It began a few years prior -- during qualifying -- when Bruce Arena replaced Jurgen Klinsman as the coach.
Arena has left as well, with interim coach Dave Sarachan leading the way of this youthful team until a permanent solution is found.
The future of the program was once again on display in a recent match against Brazil. Playing versus a team who was using the majority of their World Cup squad, the United States fared valiantly. A 2-0 loss to Brazil might be disappointing, but young players gained valuable top-level experience.
Keep learning. Keep building.

Next up: A date with rival Mexico in Nashvil…