This is my favorite show currently on television. I don’t know what my second favorite show is, but I know that #2 is not even close. What I like most about this show is that the writers took their time in building up to Franklin’s rise to power. The first season was about Franklin to get in the game. The second season was about Franklin learning the game. I expect this season to be about Franklin excelling in the game before his eventual downfall. Check out the trailer for season 3 of Snowfall coming to FX July 10th:
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What more could a fan of the game ask for? This one had all of the drama that one would expect out of their favorite soap opera. Down 3-1 with their backs against the wall, it’s reported that Warriors superstar, Kevin Durant would be suiting up and playing in this elimination game. Durant goes out there looking like his old self early in the game, and everybody knows Toronto doesn’t stand a chance. KD gets hurt. The Warriors look shell-shocked, meanwhile, the Raptors are smelling blood in the water. The Raptors come back to take the lead late in the 4th quarter. Everyone (myself included) thinks that the Raptors late come back has taken all of the fight out of the tired and defeated looking defending champs. Led by Curry, Thompson, and Green, the Warriors show the world what “the heart of a champion” looks like. It would be hard to script a dramatic television series better than the sh*t that took place up there in Canada last night. Outside of Durant’s injury, and some Raptors fans despicable reaction to his injury, last night’s NBA Finals elimination game was one for the record books. There was so much drama and ups and downs for both teams in this game. I honestly thought KD’s injury would be enough to make the Warriors want to pack it up and get ready for summer vacation. It may turn out that KD’s injury will be the thing that woke the sleeping giants. We’ll see what happens in game-6 back in Oakland. In the meantime, here are some of the highlights from last night’s thriller:
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I was really trying to hold off on saying this, but I guess right about now is the time for me to finally blurt out my thoughts: This Toronto Raptors team reminds me of the 2017-2018 Philadelphia Eagles team that won Super Bowl 52. Before you call me crazy, check this out… Remember how, after the Eagles had the great regular season and finished with a 13-3 record, everyone said it doesn’t matter because they’ll get to the playoffs and do what they always do? Every playoff game, everyone was just waiting for the moment that the Eagles would find a way to lose. The Eagles have a long history of finding a way to lose playoff games. Surely they were not going to the Super Bowl. Nobody could see it. People thought that same thing about this Raptors team after their multiple seasons of losses in the playoffs and Conference Finals and never reaching the NBA Finals. When the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl, everyone said there’s no way in hell the Eagles are going to beat the almighty New England Patriots with Tom Brady leading the way. And we all know how that turned out. The same thing was said about this Raptors team. Even without KD on the court, the consensus was that this was going to be a pretty easy road to travel for the Steph Curry led Warriors franchise to collect their 7th NBA Championship. The team’s 4th in the last 5 years. If you say that you predicted the Warriors would be down 3-1 heading into game-5, you are likely a Raptors fan…..or a straight up liar!
The Raptors were once again led by Kawhi Leonard (36 points, 12 rebs), Kyle Lowry (10 points, 7 ast), and Paskal Siakam (19 pts). They also got a big lift off the bench from Serge Ibaka, who put up 20 points in last night’s victory. Also, I just wanted to mention, the Raptors fans traveled very well on this NBA Finals road trip. There were enough Raptors fans in the Warriors house last night to be heard. Even over the very loud Warriors fans in attendance. I don’t know if that was a major factor in last night’s final score, but to be a visiting player, it had to feel pretty damn good to hear that many people cheering for you on the road. The Warriors were led by Klay Thompson, who was back after missing game-3 with an injury (28 points), Steph Curry (27 points), and Draymond Green (10 pts., 12 asts, and 9 rebs.). The Warriors got 10 points off the bench from Kevon Looney, who was also returning to the Warriors lineup after missing game-3 with an injury. I will say this in defense of the Warriors. This Golden State team is banged up from top to bottom. They have injuries all over the place, and their best player hasn’t been on the floor this whole series. Demarcus Cousins looks like he shouldn’t even be out there, as he’s becoming more of a hinderance than a helping factor. I don’t believe Cousins has fully recovered from his injury yet. I admire his courage in wanting to get out there to try to help his team, but truth is, he’s been hurting them more than he’s been helping them. Even though things are looking bleak for the Warriors, I still feel like they will somehow turn things around. I’m not saying they will win the series, but I’d be shocked to see them lose it 4-1. Just my opinion. Anyway, here are some highlights from last night’s game:
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Ten police officers in Philadelphia have been placed on desk duty after an investigation uncovered “racist, intolerant, and otherwise offensive” Facebook posts by the cops. Philadelphia Police Commissioner, Richard Ross said in a statement that the entire 6500- member police force would undergo anti-bias training. This, in response to the publication of The Plain View Project, a database professing to catalog activity from police in eight jurisdictions nationwide, including Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (@PhillyInquirer) reports, The Plain View Project published the database Saturday, saying it included offensive material from about 330 Philadelphia cops. Some of them were identified as high-ranking officers. In his statement, Police Commissioner Ross said the department had asked a law firm to help evaluate the Facebook posts and comments to help identify who may have made the post, and if those posts violated the departments’ social media policy.
“When a police officer’s expression of his or her opinions erodes the police department’s ability to do its job and maintain the public’s trust, the department is permitted to act. Those officers that we have identified that appear to have engaged in explicit bias against any protected class of individual or who advocated any form of violence, will be immediately removed from street duty during the course of these investigations.”
Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said that the 10 officers whose posts were considered among the most egregious had been placed on desk duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation. Some of the posts made by the cops included posts that celebrated acts of violence against Muslims, immigrants and black people. Some posts captured long, “hate-filled”, exchanges that appeared to involve multiple officers, according to the database. Some of the posts have allegedly been contributed to at least one police inspector, six police captains, and eight lieutenants.