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Aaron Rodgers is a former league MVP and Super Bowl champ. He’s one of the most prolific passers in NFL history. He’s a surefire Hall of Famer. As good as the Green Bay Packers’ legend has been in his career, the past few seasons haven’t been great for him — well, in the eyes of some Madden NFL 20 developers, anyway.

Not sure what those Madden NFL 20 folks are looking at, but, for some reason, Aaron Rodgers found his rating for this season’s game at 90 overall. Sure, that might seem like it’s good, but when you consider the dude was a 99 overall in last year’s game — and this year’s rating is only seventh-best among quarterbacks — it makes you wonder what caused the dip in Rodgers’ rating.

Well, we have our explanation, because a Madden NFL 20 designer named Andre Weingarten talked to Complex‘s Brian Jones about how designers and evaluators land on the ratings — which are often criticized by players themselves, with a few even lashing out after seeing what the game rated them. Here’s what Weingarten said about Aaron Rodgers’ dip in rating specifically.

“Rodgers has been kind of taking a bit of a downhill slope the past three years,” Andre Weingarten, Associate Franchise and Gameplay Designer for Madden 20, told Complex’s Brian Jones. “His accuracy has gotten progressively worse over the past two years and while he might’ve been playing hurt, we can’t really project how much that impacted him because we don’t know everyone who was hurt and how much it impacted them on a week to week basis. So we can only base it off of the film we’re seeing, and we saw a different Aaron Rodgers the past two years than we had seen in years past.”

Now, I don’t want to be a jerk or anything, but, over the past three seasons, Aaron Rodgers has thrown for more than 10,500 yards with 81 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions in 39 games. While the quarterback did miss nine games because of injury — and hasn’t led the Packers to the playoffs the past couple seasons — he’s still a pretty badass passer. There’s no way in hell you can convince me there are six signal-callers better in the league right now, but, according to Madden NFL 20, there sure are.

Obviously, a rating on a video game doesn’t matter much to Aaron Rodgers — or so I don’t think? — but it’s a little bit of a slap in the face to think that some people think his game has dipped so much that he’s not even a top-3 quarterback in the league right now. Maybe he’ll use it as motivation heading into the new season.

(H/T Clutch Points)

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The Tiger Woods we saw on Thursday at The Open was not the same Tiger Woods we saw win the Masters a little over three months ago, and that’s understandable.

It’s easy to forget, especially since we saw him put on a green jacket this year, that less than five years ago it wasn’t even clear whether or not he’d tee it up again. It wasn’t that long ago he was withdrawing in the middle of tournaments, unable to play in majors and undergoing back surgeries and spinal fusions.

Woods winning his first major since 2008 this year has overshadowed just how epic his unlikely comeback story really was and continues to be, it’s almost an afterthought now. That’s understandable too because we tend to focus on the positive and forget about the negative, but we can’t forget Woods is 43-years-old and has gone through just a few tough moments over the past few years.

That tired, uninterested and possibly even a little banged up Tiger was what we saw on Thursday at Royal Portrush. He looked beat and like a player that may need to throw the clubs in the garage and not look at them again until 2020. If Tiger did decide to do that, there’s not a single human that would be disappointed in that move because this year has already been an all-time year for Woods and his fans with the win at Augusta National.

Outside of Tiger pulling his opening teeshot out of bounds like Rory McIlroy did earlier in the day, the opening swing couldn’t have been too much worse for Woods. Just before his ball found the rough, Woods grimaced and it didn’t look like a grimace of disappointment, it looked like a grimace as a result of pain.

Tiger on 1.. “Why did he grimace?” pic.twitter.com/aO7VCJ34BS

— Fantasy Golf Pod (@fantasygolfpod) July 18, 2019

Woods ended up making par at the first, but the opening tee shot was a great preview of what we would see the rest of the day. He hit just over half of his fairways and greens in regulation on Thursday and the putter did him no favors at all. He made just one birdie, not coming until the 15th hole.

If it wasn’t for a few impressive up-and-downs early on in the round, the 78 he signed for could’ve turned into a number in the 80’s. His 78 on Thursday is the highest first-round score he’s posted over the span of his 20 starts in the championship.

Woods told the media earlier on in the week that his game wasn’t where he wanted it to be, but nobody would’ve predicted Tiger to be beating a total of just seven players in the field as he sits at T-144 heading into Friday.

Let’s also not forget that Woods entered the week with just 10 tournament rounds to his name since winning the Masters back in April. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship and was a non-factor at the U.S. Open.

The scorecard speaks for itself, but what really stands out is just how uninterested Woods looked. It didn’t help that he was hitting the ball poorly, but instead of seeing a fiery, grind it out Tiger we saw a man that looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on a golf course. Paul Azinger mentioned on the broadcast that when Tiger doesn’t get mad or amped up, then that’s the real indicator of something not being right.

Following the round, Woods did admit to some soreness in his back and said “I’m just not moving as well as I’d like…Just the way it is. Father Time and some of the procedures I’ve had. Just the way it’s going to be.”

He looked like a man that needs to hang the clubs up for the rest of the year, and those statements justify that idea even further. It’s not the worst idea either. Sure, that means missing out on the FedEx Cup Playoffs and much lower ratings from a broadcast standpoint, but resting up and getting back to one-hundred percent in preparation for the big tournaments next year makes more sense than not.

Barring him firing a low number tomorrow and making the cut, this Open will ultimately be one we forget from a Tiger viewpoint and that’s completely fine, again, because that green jacket he won earlier in the year.

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Before clicking this article, you must have assumed this went down in Ohio, right? I mean, where else on Earth would you possibly find an actual living, breathing human being wearing an outdated Cincinnati Bengals jersey. Nope, not Ohio.

What about Florida? It’s gotta be Florida, right? It’s got all of the elements — beer, unnecessarily exposed skin, theft — of a Florida story. Wrong again.

Perhaps Louisiana, you know, where former Bengals running back Jeremy Hill went to school? Nope, still wrong.

The glorious image you see above you was actually captured in Kentucky, who has quietly flown under the radar in recent years thanks to the discovery of the Florida Man species just a couple states southward.

According to a post on Facebook, the Florence Police Department has been dispersing the above image in an effort to get the public’s help in identifying the criminal mastermind they’ve dubbed the “Barefoot Beer Bandit”.

“The Florence Police Investigative Unit needs the community’s help in identifying a male we have dubbed the “Bare foot beer bandit’. The male is alleged to have entered a local Florence business where he grabbed a case of beer and fled from the store.” [Facebook]

The renegade beer thief — whose name is likely Chad, Jason, Brad, or Steve — is accused of stealing a case of beer from a gas station before taking off into the night. Frankly, I’m of the opinion that if you allow a barefooted man to steal your beer and walk right out the front door, you kind of deserved it.

While police have asked anyone who knows the identity Barefoot Beer Bandit to contact them, I’d advise against crossing this man as he’s clearly a psychopath… he’s not only a Bengals fan, but he’s still wearing a Jeremy Hill jersey in public, for christ sikes.

In all seriousness though, if being a snitch is your thing (which would be a very bold strategy, Cotton) or you’ve had a personal encounter with Barefoot Beer Bandit Brad and want to fuck him over, police want you to contact Detective Corporal Adam DeSalvo at 859-334-5551.

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Julius Ceasar. Napolean Bonaparte. Alexander the Great. Matty Roberts.

Roberts, the latest member on the list of all-time generals, has amassed an army of 1.6 million soldiers without even saying one spoken word.

The California man started the Facebook group Area 51: They Can’t Stop Us All, calling on all of those with a desire to uncover the mysteries of Area 51 to raid the highly classified United States Air Force facility on September 20th. While Roberts has claimed he started the group as a joke, hotels and camping sites in the area for the planned raid night have already been booked up.

Yesterday, Matty Roberts revealed his identity to George Knapp (the man who broke the Bob Lazar story) at KLSA TV in his first ever video interview since Area 51 went viral.

Roberts looked as you’d expect a guy willing to risk it all to clap some alien asscheeks would look. Seems like a good dude, just not the “This is Sparta!” type.

Matty Roberts had no idea what he was about to unleash when he created a Facebook page #StormArea51 which has been viewed by millions. Roberts has only talked to one person @g_knapp #raidarea51 #8NN

Click here to watch full interview:https://t.co/SyssdTs0Xr pic.twitter.com/fTkVSfPLlq

— 8 News NOW (@8NewsNow) July 18, 2019

Roberts admitted to being afraid of the FBI and claims things “got a little spooky” ever since the the entirely satirical raid got some legs.

“I posted it on like June 27, and it was kind of a joke… and then it just completely took off, out of nowhere. It’s pretty wild,” Roberts said via video chat.

Roberts did not reveal his age or hometown, presumably out of fear of the government coming to his house and issuing him a stern warning, a la Bob Lazar.

Roberts likely agreed to reveal his identity for the same reason Bob Lazar chose to publicly tell his story: insurance. Now that the public knows you exist, they’ll know if you go missing.

Keep an eye out for Matty Roberts. He looks like he frequents bars that feature POD cover bands.

If he vanishes, this savage is our new leader…

i need everyone to see this video from the storm area 51 facebook group pic.twitter.com/lH7bIig6qN

— Ellie (@ellie_olb) July 12, 2019

 

 

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After the Lonzo Ball trade to the New Orleans Pelicans for Anthony Davis, the Big Baller Brand took a hit since Lonzo was no longer playing alongside LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers. But one person is sticking by Lavar Ball’s BBB despite the lesser spotlight of New Orleans — Shark Tank host Kevin O’Leary.

Big Baller Brand sneakers once sold for $500, but that’s not the case any longer. Last week, a BBB store popped up and they were selling Big Baller Brand merch. But the gear was SIGNIFICANTLY discounted. At a volleyball tournament in L.A., the BBB stand was selling merchandise on clearance. This is what happens when your website has been down for months.

BBB T-shirts and hats were priced at $5 and there was a package of a T-shirt, hoodie, pair of shoes and pair of socks for $100.

Big Baller Brand went from selling $50 t shirts to selling them for $5 at local volleyball tournaments pic.twitter.com/PBdyH1BSFW

— LA Sports Radio (@LASportsRadio) July 14, 2019

While much of the internet delighted in the downfall of Lavar Ball’s brand and believe the end is near for BBB, Kevin O’Leary is sticking with BBB. The Shark Tank star said don’t bury the Big Baller Brand just yet.

RELATED: ‘Shark Tank’ Investors Passed On This Company, Now They Raised $20 Million And Have A Deal With Dave & Buster’s

Kevin O’Leary believes BBB is too big to die. Despite Lonzo covering up his BBB tattoo, Mr. Wonderful says: “Any time you can your brand into the consciousness of the consumer, it’s good.” O’Leary points out that clearancing out old merch is typical for the fashion industry because they are dumping old styles to make room for the new line of clothing and sneakers for next season.

O’Leary told TMZ that Big Baller Brand is a part of culture and “it’s gonna stay around.” “It’s gonna go up and down, that’s just the nature of it,” Kevin said.

RELATED: Rejected ‘Shark Tank’ Entrepreneur Returns To Show As An Investor After Amazon Bought His Company For $1 Billion

O’Leary points out that Lavar Ball’s boisterous style is perfect for marketing. “When you can get controversial news that comes out and people go nuts on social media with it, it’s very hard for it not to be good for you long-term,” O’Leary said. “It’s so noisy out there that a lot of these people are trying to create controversy so they get a ton of social media and traffic. Even if you think it is bad news, it’s not.”

O’Leary points to how Nike takes on controversial stances to stay in the focus of the consumer. Despite the kind words, O’Leary said he’s not a big fan of the fashion space, so he’s out of investing in Big Baller Brand. So Mr. Wonderful isn’t so sure of Big Baller Brand because he won’t put his money where his mouth is.

'Shark Tank's' Kevin O'Leary Says Don't Bury Big Baller Brand Yet! | TMZ Sports - YouTube

RELATED: Chris Gronkowski’s ‘Shark Tank’ Product Has Such Great Sales He’ll Have To Hire His Retired Brother Gronk To Help

[TMZ]

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Fan theories about movies and TV shows are just the best. I swear, I don’t know what people did before the internet. Did they just *gulp* dial a phone and call their friends and relatives anytime they had an idea of what they thought was going to happen next on their favorite show or in the sequel to their favorite movie?

Then again, back in those days they didn’t have anything like Game of Thrones, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Stranger Things, True Detective, or the dozens upon dozens of other shows and movies like we have now. Though they did have Nickelodeon.

Speaking of Stranger Things… have you finished watching season three yet? Because…


 

Now then, if you have finished season three of Stranger Things, then you know there will be at least some portion of season four taking place in the mid-1980s Soviet Union.

Season three of the series took place in the summer of 1985. The Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster happened in April of 1986. You see where this is heading, right?

Kamchatka, the place in Russia where “the American” is being held is nowhere near Chernobyl, but let’s not get caught up in semantics here. It’s possible that Eleven and “the American” get chased across Russia and end up in Chernobyl, okay?! She could have gotten there through the magic of the Upside Down. Don’t fight me on this.

(Also of note: Kamchatka recently suffered a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. Coincidence? I think not.)

Anyhoo, this new fan theory about Eleven and Chernobyl in season four goes a little something like this…

As one person on Reddit pointed out, ‪Doctor Owens said that they use something familiar to convince the public to not look any further into the strange things taking place around their work.

So, the theory is that everything we know and think we know about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster was nothing more than a slick cover-up for the epic series-ending big boss battle that will take place between Eleven, The Mind Flayer, and/or the Russians.

Tell me you don’t want to see this happen.


 

Fair enough.

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There was once a time when finding a romantic partner involved having your parents figure out which prospective mate would result in you being bestowed with a nice tract of land or some social capital, and while I’m sure there are some people who still meet their significant other in that way, things have changed a bit since the 21st century rolled around.

Nowadays, the internet is the place to be if you’re looking to find a hookup in both the short and long-term and there are countless websites and apps in existence designed to help you link up with a suitable partner, whether we’re talking about eHarmony, Tinder, or Farmers Only.

Farmers Only Commercial - YouTube

However, sometimes you find love in more unexpected (and untraditional) places and have to figure out a way to make your dream a reality, which is exactly what Baker Mayfield was forced to do when he was first introduced to Emily Wilkinson, who he married earlier this month.

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Happpy Monday!

A post shared by Emily Mayfield (@ewilkinson) on Jun 3, 2019 at 7:03am PDT

 

In a recent ESPN profile, we learned Wilkinson landed on Mayfield’s radar a couple of years ago, and while she rebuffed his advances at first, he wasn’t going to let that stop him from trying to slide into her DMs.

Unfortunately, he failed to get a followback at first and was instead forced to shoot his shot and resort to a tried-and-true strategy harnessed by countless people trying to increase their number of followers before ultimately prevailing in his quest:

The quarterback and his fiancée, who is from Nebraska, were introduced in 2017 by a mutual friend. At the time, Wilkinson was living in Los Angeles. She says she was wary of dating a “punk football player” and ignored Mayfield’s advances for months.

He repeatedly followed and unfollowed her on Instagram, trying to attract her attention. Finally, in late December, they exchanged messages. He begged her to meet him before the Rose Bowl, his final college football game. She reluctantly agreed to grab lunch.

If you needed any motivation to shoot your shot today, Mayfield just gave you a great reason to do so.

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Every year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases their counts of the number of fatal injuries occurring on the job.

The Bureau recently released the 2017 data for the fatal injury rate in each state.

Business Insider turned the information into a map to demonstrate which states are the most, and least, dangerous in terms of on the job safety.

Here’s how the numbers broke down.

According to the BLS data, workplace death rates ranged from a low of 1.6 per 100,000 full-time-equivalent workers in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Rhode Island to a high of 10.2 in Alaska.

The four states with the highest fatal injury rates — Alaska, North Dakota, Wyoming, and West Virginia — also tend to have large amounts of employment in particularly dangerous industries, like fishing, forestry, agriculture, and mining.

For example, Alaska had 10.2 per 100,000 employees.  So for everyone 100,000 people working, 10 die on the job. I’ll bet a few of those were just people slipping on ice going to work and cracking their head open.

North Dakota wasn’t far behind Alaska at 10.1.

The “Peace Garden” State had 38 fatalities in 2017. This was ten more people than in 2016.

MOST DANGEROUS

  • Alaska
  • North Dakota
  • Wyoming
  • South Dakota
  • West Virginia
  • Montana
  • Vermont

LEAST DANGEROUS

  • Rhode Island
  • New Jersey
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Conneticut

Twenty-seven U.S. states saw a decline in the number of fatal occupational injuries between 2016 and 2017.

Twenty states, along with Washington, D.C., had an increase.

Here’s a handy list of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Avoids these as well.

[via Business Insider]

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Chris Illuminati is a 5-time published author and recovering a**hole who writes about success, fitness, parenting and occasionally pro wrestling. Reach out to him on Instagram & Twitter or email chris@brobible.com.

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Tom Cruise might be a Certifiably Weird Dude but there’s no denying the guy can act, and over the years, he’s managed to pump out a number of classic (in addition to not-so-classic films) that hold a special place in my heart.

However, if I had to pick his magnum opus, the answer is easy because—with my apologies to Cocktail—nothing in his filmography comes close to topping Top Gun.

It’s hard to articulate exactly what makes Top Gun so great but the infinitely quotable film is one of those movies that’ll make me drop whatever I’m doing and cancel any plans I have whenever it comes on television.

As a result, I was incredibly amped to learn that a sequel was in the works a few years ago, and while details were initially pretty scarce, I was all in on Top Gun: Maverick because it’s a fucking sequel to “Top Gun.”

Over time, we’ve been treated to more and more information concerning the movie that’ll feature a star-studded cast including Ed Harris, Jon Hamm, and Miles Teller in addition to Val Kilmer reprising his role as Iceman alongside Cruise’s Maverick (although it’s unclear if he’ll be playing shirtless volleyball in this one).

Top Gun Volleyball Scene - YouTube

It took a while but the sequel to the movie that made “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” a must at any karaoke gathering officially has a trailer and I have never felt the need for speed any more than I do right now.

Watch the official trailer for #TopGun: Maverick starring @TomCruise. In theatres 2020. pic.twitter.com/WbXdWDR2nc

— Paramount Pictures (@ParamountPics) July 18, 2019

Sadly, we’re going to have to wait a little less than a year for the film to hit theaters, as Top Gun: Maverick is scheduled to drop on June 26, 2020. However, if Jon Hamm’s testimony is any indication, we’re in for one hell of a treat.

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