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When cases are decided by a panel of judges (e.g. the Supreme Court), judges can write “concurring opinions” where they agree with the ultimate result (or dissent) but disagree with the reasoning. Commissioner Goodell is either a moron or a troll genius. He bungled the Ezekiel Elliot situation so badly that I find myself in concurrence with a whole host of subhuman mouthbreathers: MRAs, other various misogynists, and of course, Cowboys fans. So while unlike the aforementioned mouthbreathers, I don’t agree that Zeke is some innocent choirboy who is getting extorted by some lowlife, gold-bricking, money-grubbing c-word, but I do agree that he’s getting screwed.
Why is he getting screwed? Because he’s entitled to some form of due process. Due process is a term that is nearly impossible to define correctly, but in practice what it should mean is that the outcome is not predetermined. Why? Because the process is more important than the result. THE. PROCESS. IS. MORE. IMPORTANT. THAN. THE. RESULT. A predictable process will more often than not yield a predictable result. The rule of law is dependent on predictable process. Government that only cares about the result is tyrannical. And when we keep getting bad results, people get mad enough to demand results oriented leadership and in the absence of that, we get
a Cheeto-dusted man-child who enjoys playing with dynamite Our Dear Leader.
We are on the precipice of nuclear war. Our government is run by an amalgum of villians from Captain Planet and the Planeteers. A major American city is under water while a Category 5 hurricane is about to devastate another one. Our national discourse has devolved to the point where saying out loud that bad police should face actual consequences means that you are an anti-police bigot who hates the troops and that saying that freedom of speech applies to everyone means that you support neo-nazis and fascists. As a wonderful writer over at The Root put it, people no longer dog-whistle racism; they just bark it. And to top it all off, it’s goddamn motherfucking pumpkin spice season again.
But none of this matters! Why? BECAUSE FOOTBAW IS BACK, BABY! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW!FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW!FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOTBAW! FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAW!
FANTASY UPDATE: SIT YOUR BUCCANEERS AND DOLPHINS (if you were stupid enough to draft them). DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA, THE MIAMI-TAMPA BAY GAME IS POSTPONED UNTIL WEEK 11
Now to your questions!
Football: Where to draft Russell Wilson? SEA seems insistent on relying on their defense to make the playoff run, trading away Jermaine Kearse to NYJ. With considerations for injuries and WR depth, what’s Charmslinger’s real value?
I think Wilson is a great option at QB this season. He’ll have a couple of bad games, but overall, he’s a great fantasy player. He throws a lot, he runs a lot, and now that Kearse is over at the Meadowlands not catching passes, Tyler Lockett is next man up. Lockett’s got explosive speed and if he ever learns to run a rout or get in sync with Wilson’s improvisations, he can put up some big numbers. And let’s not sleep on Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham. Those guys can ball. Did you know that Graham used to play basketball? Unless you drafted one of the big 3 QBs, if you have Wilson, you’re probably starting him.
Law: I was rereading some comments from when Houston won the bidding war for Brock Osweiler in 2016 and many internet commenters noted that B.O. would keep more of his money because Texas does not have a state income tax. He was then shipped off to Cleveland where, I understand, the Browns have assumed his contract. Assuming that no team will pick B.O. up at his full salary, does this mean that his salary covered by the Browns will be taxed at the Ohio rate, even though he’d be ‘working’ in another state? Or is this all misunderstood by the taxpaying public? [Ed. note – question was submitted before Brock was released and went back to the Donks HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA]
Generally, your state income tax is determined by where you work, so yes, Brock is getting boned a little bit in this respect.Brock agreed to one set of circumstances (no state income ta) and he’s getting a different result. Of course, he’s getting paid 16 million dollars to not have to play for the Browns or the Texans, so you tell me, is he really getting a raw deal? Brock is gonna have to fork over some more of his pay to the state governments of Ohio and Colorado (mostly Colorado). My guess is that professional athletic contracts have provisions that deal with the effect of income tax on trades to different jurisdictions. Athlete’s tax returns get pretty messy, especially if they get traded multiple times because they have to determine what percentage of their income is earned from each team. And unlike some middle class schlub who moves mid-year (read: me), athletes tend to make a lot of money, which makes the government bureaucrats get all
Even worse, is a few years back, some states realized that theoretically, they could collect income tax from every professional athlete who “works” in their state. So when James Harden goes to Tennessee to play Memphis a couple of times a year, they can charge him state tax on the income he “earned” playing those games. Some states have even enacted so-called “jock taxes” to try to
steal collect more revenue from people who earned it by having incredible talent and drive. And why am I whining about millionaire athletes losing a few more bucks, you may have asked yourself? BECAUSE THE PROCESS IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE RESULT. Didn’t you read the top?
Legal question: with regards to the Arpaio pardon: will accepting the pardon necessarily include an admission of guilt, and if so, will this open the door for civil claims and/or state charges?
Some people think, and there is a Supreme Court decision (Burdick v. United States (1915)) that agrees that a pardon is an admission of guilt. I disagree. There is a vast amount of scholarship which deals with pardons because of actual innocence or because they were legally guilty of the crime but morally right. Regardless, civil claims have a lower evidentiary burden than criminal claims. In criminal claims, you have to prove that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Like you have to be 99% sure that he did it. In most civil claims, you only have to prove that the defendant more likely than not did the bad stuff. Like 50.1% sure. So, if it is an admission, that definitely helps the civil case. But even if it’s not, your civil case against Sheriff Joe is a little easier to prove. And remember, Presidential pardons only apply to federal crimes. State charges can be brought regardless.
[EDIT TO ADD – it has been pointed out to me that the Arpaio pardon only covers his conviction for criminal contempt of court, which is completely unrelated to the civil suits against him.]
Fantasy: I have a (somewhat) unfounded disposition to try and avoid fantasy players who recently signed a large long term contract, as I feel most play their best when trying to reach for the big bucks. Do you think there is any actual fantasy basis to this? Is taking a late round flyer on Stafford even worse of a decision than it seemed before?
Stafford won’t be a bad choice at QB, but in general, I like to pick players who are in contract years and stay away from players who just got paid. The prospect of future guaranteed money is a powerful incentive.
That’s all for this week. Keep sending me questions either in the comments, on Twitter dot com or at email@example.com. Good luck with Week 1! FOOTBAW IS BACK!
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