The New York Times could really use an NFL draft schedule

The New York Times published an expose today revealing the startling fact that publishing an NFL mock draft is largely an exercise in futility. Generally speaking, it argues that “[d]espite all the brainpower devoted to projecting picks, the truth is that no one can possibly know what is going on inside all 32 N.F.L. teams.”

To bolster its claim, the Times shared a(n allegedly) startling statistic: Of 115 mock drafts “evaluated by Huddle Report, none had more than eight picks going to the right team in the first round.”

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Are Washington (D.C.) fans really the most illiterate in football?

According to a study commissioned by the Wall Street Journal, fans of the Washington Redskins have the worst writing skillz in the National Football League — and it isn’t even particularly close. The gap between D.C. and the second-worst New Orleans Saints is a whopping 4.1 mistakes (~30% worse!) for every 100 words published in online comments. That is almost inconceivably bad, kind of like the Redskins on the field (who have won seven times in two years). For the sake of comparison, 22 teams rank within 4.1 mistake-margin from the league-best Detroit Lions:

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Stephen Colbert gave the RNC Squirrel quite unfavorable treatment

Amazingly, my most recent post — concerning Republican squirrels — reminded me of two posts I’ve been meaning to write for a while. Lucky you.

First up, allow me to call to your attention to “Hillary Clinton vs. the RNC Squirrel“, the June 2014 Colbert Report segment that first called @HRCSquirrel to my attention. It was the subject of a Paper Treiger post two days after it aired, but I never got around to writing up my second point. Until now.

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How seriousness a candidate is Bernie Sanders, measured in Republican squirrels?

Seventy three-year old Independent Senator Bernie Sanders will announce his candidacy for the Democratic nomination this coming Thursday, April 30. I suppose waiting one whole day until International Workers’ Day on May 1 would have been too predictable for the socialist candidate.

But my nitpicking over the timing of Sanders’ announcement probably won’t matter at the end of the day (May Day, that is). Hillary is widely predicted to run him over in the primary. It’s easy to see from the disparity in media coverage that she is simply viewed as a much more serious candidate.

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Jon Stewart and Larry Wilmore team up for their best hand-off yet

Jon Stewart used the bulk of last night’s show to hammer CNN, among others, for heavily covering the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner while ignoring riots in nearby Baltimore. It was a Daily Show much like any other. And so after the final commercial break, there were only two* bits of housekeeping left:

  • First, like every Monday, Jon Stewart (who ends at 11:30) handed off to Larry Wilmore (who starts at 11:30).
  • Second, like every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (but not Friday, ahem, The Guardian), the Moment of Zen.

Last night, Stewart and Wilmore spent their minute or so of hand-off discussing Mall Cop 2. And then, during the Moment of Zen, came the real hand-off. Here’s a screenshot:

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What makes the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “unbreakable”?

Elie Kemper visited Penn last week, which reminds me I’ve been meaning to write this quick little informational post for about a month already. If you’ve never heard of Netflix’s (sort of) original series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, this post probably isn’t for you (though it could be, in about four hours, if you’d just go watch). And if you watched the show, it’s possible you already know the answer, so allow me to save you some time by recommending some other worthwhile article (like this one) on this very site.

But if you watched all 13 episodes and still managed not to come across an explanation for what earns Kimmy the appellation “unbreakable”, I’m about to show you something you need to see. Now, if you fall into this category, you probably just assumed the name was bestowed because of Schmidt’s relentless optimism in the face of, inter alia, “weird sex stuff“. And that just so happens to be — more or less — what the show’s creators want you to believe, because you are incredibly suggestible:

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Larry Wilmore really doesn’t like one of his Nightly Show correspondents

Like its mothershow (the daily one), Larry Wilmore’s The Nightly Show employs several regular correspondents. This is not altogether surprising. Although the Nightly Show added a few twists to differentiate itself from the show that airs just beforehand, the format remains largely recognizable — after all, Wilmore served as Jon Stewart’s Senior Black correspondent for nearly a decade.

There is, however, one major difference between Daily Show and Nightly Show correspondents, which is as follows: Nightly Show correspondents are not very good. One, in particular, stands out as out of place on Comedy Central: Shenaz Treasury, who has appeared on the show several times. It’s not that she is a bad person, or isn’t perfectly bubbly and delightful — it’s that she’s just not funny.

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Larry Wilmore is a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life, and mean. And mean. And mean.

On last night’s The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore  said something – in connection with the recent confirmation of new attorney general Loretta Lynch – that is just demonstrably untrue:

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