Drew Magary’s Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. Email Drew here. Buy his book here. You know, there are a lot of emotions you can feel when you’re watching Patrick Mahomes play football: joy, excitement, mild horniness, perhaps a touch of wistfulness that he’s not YOUR quarterback, and such and such. But the overriding sensation I’ve gotten while watching Mahomes and the Chiefs barnstorm through the first half of the league schedule has been bafflement, as in: How in the fuck did THIS man last until 10th in the draft? How did nine teams whiff this badly on what appears to be the most important new talent the NFL has seen in over a decade? Because Mahomes’s strengths were already evident well before he was drafted. He’s 6-foot-3. He can throw the ball out of the stadium, and he can do it on the move. He ran a 4.8 40 at the combine. He has a photographic memory when it comes to learning an offense. … [Read more...] about How The Fuck Did So Many Teams Pass On Patrick Mahomes?
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The storm is closing in quickly as a ponytailed woman with the handle ClimateScientist glides into view on a multicolored umbrella. She lands and runs into a house. Wielding a comically large wrench, she begins to smash the house’s kitchen to pieces. As she does this, an older man — username SuperDad64 — provides narration over voice chat as he scavenges for supplies elsewhere on the map: “If the Democrats win, they will basically be able to stop, sort of, the climate policies of Trump.” Abruptly, a young boy interrupts. He’s focused on the game, specifically a llama nearby that contains useful supplies. “If any — um, don’t… don’t open the llama just yet!” he says. “I know a bug where if you use a shockwave grenade on it, you can double everything that’s inside it.” Another boyish voice agrees. SuperDad64, heading out into the storm to find the elusive llama, talks about congressional politics and … [Read more...] about How a Fortnite squad of scientists is hoping to defeat climate change
Space, as the saying goes, is the final frontier. We’ve crossed the oceans and explored their depths. We’ve discovered new lands and set up camp in the hottest, coldest, and highest places on Earth. Antarctica, the Sahara, Everest. The skies. The moon. Humans are a species which, as Stephen Dunn once wrote, often punctuate with “that maker of promises, the colon: next, next, next, it says, God bless it.” Artificial intelligence. Lab-grown meat. The mute function on Twitter. We innovate because we can, or must. But as the outward boundaries of our world get pushed farther and farther out, our human limitations remain the same. We love people and hurt them. We make the wrong choices. We’re selfish. We’re cruel. We fail, and keep failing. Everything listed above (save the mute function, maybe) is top-notch dramatic fodder, which is part of what makes The First such a frustrating experience. Created by House Of Cards helmer Beau Willimon, the series … [Read more...] about , like outer space, feels endless
When I arrive at the headquarters of Brianna Wu For Congress, a modest house near the bottom of a quiet street in Dedham, Massachusetts, the candidate is just back from her morning run. She’s practically electric while telling me and her husband about a group of construction workers she’d run past. She had thought they were catcalling her, only to realize after she took her earbuds out that they were in fact shouting about how they planned to vote for her in Tuesday’s primary. This, I would learn after spending a day on the campaign trail with the candidate, was pure Brianna Wu. Far from assuming she has a chance in hell of winning, Wu routinely appears surprised but emboldened by the fact that people want to support her candidacy. Wu, whose studio Giant Spacekat released the action adventure role-playing game Revolution 60 in 2014, is one of the only game developers who has ever run for political office, and the biggest name in the scene to do so since former … [Read more...] about Game Developer Brianna Wu’s Very Long Shot For Congress