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BFFL Week 6 Projections

Quarterbacks

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection Comments................................
QB Pablo Sanchez Melonheads vs. Patriots 17 41 Oh boy, here we go. The Patriots are coming to town and that means it's blowout season! Pablo could reasonably join the 50-point club in this game.
QB Debby Nagasawa Cowboys @ Browns 36 35 Debby has been a stud. In her worst game so far this season, she scored 28 points, which is the best 'worst' game out of anyone (if that makes sense). No question about her dominance, keep her going.
QB Brett Favre 49ers vs. Bears 7 32 The most impressive part about the 49ers' 5-0 start is the fact that Brett Favre hasn't been playing that well. I think he might finally get his breakout game of the season against a weak Bears defense.
QB Holly Franklin Giants @ Titans 17 29 After two disappointing weeks to start the year, Holly has found her niche. It could all culminate with a juicy matchup against the Titans. This could be Holly's chance to shine.
QB Rich Gannon Packers @ Monsters 13 27 After 50 points in the first two games, Rich has only 26 points since. However, the Monsters towards the bottom of the league in yards allowed and just allowed 31 points to the opposing QB. Rich could get richer.
QB Steve McNair Raiders vs. Ponies 42 27 Steve's worst game this season is 23 points, which is pretty dang good. No matter what defense is thrown his way, he'll respond. Keep him in your lineup.
QB Chuck Downfield Texans vs. Colts 20 25 Ah, yes. The matchup Chuck has been waiting for. The Colts have the worst pass defense in the league and all the Texans do is pass. If Chuck can limit the interceptions, he could do some big damage.
QB Amy Bostwick Vikings @ Rams 24 25 You know the drill. You have Amy, you start her. End of story.
QB Lulu Legosi Jets @ Chargers 31 22 Lulu was great last week, mostly because of her running ability. The Chargers are middle of the pack in both passing and rushing, so Lulu should have a more balanced game.
QB Sharon Crowe Ponies @ Raiders 7 22 Sharon couldn't get much going last week, but she's always been and up and down player. This week could be an up, as the Raiders are known to engage in high-scoring battles.
QB Judy Abwunza Eagles @ Armadillos 14 21 Judy had a down game last week, and the Eagles couldn't come away with the win. They've got another tough opponent on deck, and Judy will need to ball out if they want to win.
QB Drew Bledsoe Chargers vs. Jets 21 20 Perhaps I denounced Drew too soon. After 16 points in the first 3 games, Drew has rebounded with games of 22 and 21. He's starting to regain his form. The Jets pose a bit of a challenge, but I think Drew is hot right now.
QB David Wilco Falcons vs. Wombats 28 20 The Wombats defense gives up a lot of yards, and most of those are from rushing. David might record more rushing than usual, which racks up stats more quickly than passing.
QB Betty Houstan Monsters vs. Packers 16 20 Betty has been a decent fantasy quarterback despite her lack of rushing attempts. She's fourth in the league in passing yards and has 12/2 TD/INTs. She's been excellent and should keep it going against the Packers.
QB Debra Hannigan Steelers vs. Hornets 23 19 Debra looks like she had a good game last week, but it was mostly rushing yardage; the Steelers still lost 27-6. Debra keeps faltering against bad teams. She needs to not hold back.
QB Sally Dobbs Armadillos vs. Eagles 31 16 Sally spent all afternoon tearing up the Texans' defense, but the Eagles won't be as easy. Sally has been good but has limited potential here.
QB Matt Monday Wombats @ Falcons 11 16 After 5 weeks, would you believe that Matt Monday is leading the league in passing touchdowns? I couldn't either. But the Falcons could allow Matt to lengthen that lead.
QB Ben None Colts @ Texans 36 15 Ben None is the top fantasy scorer after 5 weeks with an even 200 fantasy points. However, the Texans are notorious for stopping the run and will force Ben to pass. I think this severely limits his chances for another huge game.
QB Zena Fromme Bears @ 49ers 32 14 If only you could rollover points. I don't think Zena will be able to find the passing success she had last week against a nasty 49ers team. Don't count on the Bears being the first team to topple them.
QB Thor Thwackhammer Rams vs. Vikings 22 14 Thor enjoyed facing the Patriots and put up the fantasy numbers he was expected to put up. This week, the Vikings will be a tougher test, but not a total disaster for Thor.
QB Bert Nicholson Browns vs. Cowboys 5 8 Bert scored 53 points in Week 1 and only has 39 points in four games since then. He's been downright disgusting. It's not going to get better this week.
QB Stuart Sullivan Hornets @ Steelers 9 7 After starting the year off with a bang, Stuart has now put up single digits in each of the last two games. The Steelers have been pretty bipolar lately, but if the good Steelers decide to show up, Stuart will stay in single digits again.
QB Dan Doorknob Patriots @ Melonheads 0 6 Dan is the most frustrating fantasy QB to own. He has two games of 30+ and two games of 0! Which version of Dan will we get this week? With a hungry Melonheads team on the other side of the ball, I'm guessing it'll be closer to 0.
QB Andy Gibbons Titans vs. Giants 6 0 I think Andy has feet where his hands should be or something. There is no excuse as to why he is this bad of a quarterback.

Running Backs, Wide Receivers, and Tight Ends

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection Comments...............................
RB/WR Florence Jackson Giants @ Titans 23 34 After four points in two games, FloJack has 94 in her last three. She might double that after this game...okay not really. But she's bound to go off against this meager squad.
WR Vicki Kawaguchi Chargers vs. Jets 34 33 Now that the Chargers offense looks competent, Vicki is even more dangerous than she already was. Keep her in your lineup!
RB/WR Stephanie Morgan Raiders vs. Ponies 27 29 Stephanie rebounded nicely after her Week 4 dud. She's clearly the favorite target and will get most of the passes thrown her way.
RB/WR Belinda Winters Vikings @ Rams 21 27 Belinda was great last week as the Vikings were actually forced to throw the ball. And wouldn't you know it, they won the game too! I think they'll stick with that game plan this weekend.
RB/WR Victor Jones 49ers vs. Bears 6 26 Victor hasn't quite lived up to his potential as the best WR in the league, but he's been pretty good. I think the 49ers will have a good game against the Bears this week, Victor included.
WR Lance Lundergaard Ponies @ Raiders 7 26 Lance's numbers have been falling off a cliff lately. He needs to return to his former self, which I think he has a chance to do against the Raiders' weak pass defense.
RB/WR Frankie McDoogle Jets @ Chargers 3 25 Frankie only mustered up 3 fantasy points and no receptions last week. I think he'll bounce back nicely, as the Chargers aren't that big of a threat defensively.
RB/WR Knuckles McGhee Cowboys @ Browns 6 24 Knuckles surprisingly struggled last week, but the Cowboys still rolled. This time around, he should easily dismember the Browns.
WR Reese Worthington Eagles @ Armadillos 16 24 Reese is still on top of the WR world, and for good reason: he's a beast! The Eagles depend on him and so does your fantasy lineup.Q
WR Maria Luna Falcons vs. Wombats 37 21 Maria is a stud and there's no reason to believe that won't continue against a so-so Wombats defense.
WR Rainbow Callahan Melonheads vs. Patriots 20 21 Rainbow has been a consistent producer for the Melonheads, and she' in line for a lot of action as the Melonheads are sure to destroy the Patriots.
WR Evan Lindstrom Monsters vs. Packers 12 20 If it weren't for that unexpected zero in Week 3, Evan might be the leading receiver in the league. As it stands, Evan is the man among Monsters. He's a good play here.
WR Mindy Weaver Steelers vs. Hornets 5 19 Mindy has had three straight duds, what is going on!? I think this is the week she brings it back, because the Hornets have an awful pass defense.
WR Cade McNown Giants @ Titans 11 18 The Titans will give up points to just about anybody. I think Cade McNown will have his best game in quite some time.
WR Jorge Garcia Texans vs. Colts 14 18 Jorge is not going to go off very often, but against this weak secondary, he should be able to get his fair share.
WR Georgette Washington Wombats @ Falcons 28 18 Georgette has dropped 20+ in every game except one. She's been a stud for the Wombats and your fantasy team.
RB/WR Yasmin Kristov Steelers vs. Hornets 10 17 Yasmin has been consistent, scoring double digits every game. She should keep it going because Debra loves to throw to her.
WR Dwight Frye Cowboys @ Browns 15 17 Dwight picked up Knuckles' slack last game, but in this matchup against the Browns, everybody will be firing on all cylinders.
WR Patsy Clinehurst Ponies @ Raiders 17 17 Patsy has really burst onto the scene the last few weeks, and I think she's shown that she's the real deal. The last test is showing us that Lance and Patsy can co-exist in the same offense.
RB Horace Young Colts @ Texans 2 16 Horace Young is getting the start against the Texans which means he could run wild! He's a nice stream if you need a RB.
WR Baloney Maloney Bears @ 49ers 28 16 Baloney was fantastic last week, but the Bears offense should take a hit as they face a tough opponent. Baloney is probably still start-worthy, but don't expect an outburst.
WR Neal Smith Colts @ Texans 15 16 Neal Smith is the main target and will finally get a lot of looks now that the Texans will shut down the Colts run game. He'll get several points just based on the volume of receptions.
WR Kenny Kawaguchi Melonheads vs. Patriots 6 16 After totaling 36 fantasy points Week 1, Kenny only has 21 points since (including two shutout games). However, with the Patriots on the horizon, everybody on the Melonheads is sure to see some action. I like Kenny in this one.
WR Nutzy Nussbaum Rams vs. Vikings 19 16 Picking which Rams receiver will do better is like predicting Bitcoin prices. I think both of them might do okay, but who knows.
WR Terrell Davis Rams vs. Vikings 16 16 Picking which Rams receiver will do better is like predicting Bitcoin prices. I think both of them might do okay, but who knows.
RB/WR Armon Hammerstein Armadillos vs. Eagles 42 15 Armon had the game of a lifetime last week. However, the Eagles have the speed to keep him in check, unlike the Texans.
WR Omar Stephano Hornets @ Steelers 5 15 Remember when Omar was the top WR in the league? Yeah, now Stuart can barely throw him the ball. Omar is useful since he's the most likely player to get a touchdown, but the Steelers might prevent everyone from scoring.
RB/TE Tony Delvecchio Cowboys @ Browns 18 14 Tony has been creeping up the ranks of fantasy tight ends. I think a soft matchup against the Browns is another one that he and the Cowboys will exploit.
WR Susie Townshend Wombats @ Falcons 7 14 Susie has had her ups and downs, but she's one of the best second receivers in the league. She's always worth a look, especially if Matt Monday continues to lead the league in touchdown passes.
WR Tiffany Bosworth Eagles @ Armadillos 14 13 Tiffany is clearly behind Reese in terms of production, but she's no slouch. Despite scoring less than Reese every week, she's scored double digits 3 times.
RB/TE Mohammed Springsteen Melonheads vs. Patriots 10 12 Mo has surprised us as a good tight end this season. He could reach the end zone again as the Patriots will hand out touchdowns like free samples.
TE Marky Dubois Texans vs. Colts 19 12 Marky is the man and he has finally regained his position as the top tight end. Keep him in your lineup.
WR Pinky Purton Bears @ 49ers 10 11 Pinky has put up at least 9 points each game, but her highest output is only 18. She's very consistent but will never carry your team to victory single-handedly.
WR Lola Linkletter Vikings @ Rams 7 10 Lola hasn't quite replicated her 37 point outburst from Week 2, but she's been decent here and there. Her worth is mostly dependent on touchdowns.
RB/WR Jimmy Rockfish Packers @ Monsters 14 10 Neither of the Packers' receivers have been very consistent this season, and the Monsters just held Frankie McDoogle to three points, so this concerns me a little.
RB/WR Mikey Thomas Texans vs. Colts 11 10 Fun fact: Mikey is the only person in the league who has passing, rushing, and receiving yardage!
TE Kimmy Eckman Texans vs. Colts 2 10 Kimmy was only able to catch a single pass last week, but the fact that she never gets a zero is reason enough to keep her as your tight end.
WR Cullen Sullivan 49ers vs. Bears 0 10 Cullen has been awful this season. If there was ever a time for him to show up, it would be against a weak defense like the Bears. But proceed with caution.
WR Stinky Steiner Chargers vs. Jets 8 10 Stinky has yet to hit double digits, mostly because he has yet to score a touchdown. Will this be the week he breaks the seal?
WR Austin Carpenter Packers @ Monsters 13 10 Neither of the Packers' receivers have been very consistent this season, and the Monsters just held Frankie McDoogle to three points, so this concerns me a little.
WR Amir Khan Raiders vs. Ponies 3 10 What happened? After 70 points in the first three games, Amir has 3 points in the last two games. Maybe opposing defenses have figured out who to stop.
WR Ronny Dobbs Texans vs. Colts 0 10 Ronny was held without a catch last week, which will happen from time to time against a tough opponent. However, the Colts give up a lot of passing yards, so everybody might get a chance to perform this weekend.
RB Winky Wojohowitz Rams vs. Vikings 0 9
RB/TE Travis Diamond Monsters vs. Packers 4 9 Travis had a down week after a few good performances. He's pretty boom or bust, and therefore hard to predict.
TE Needle Haystack Bears @ 49ers 15 9 Needle has finally proven why he's a valuable tight end. Unfortunately, he's about to run into a tough opponent. His success will be dependent upon a red zone touchdown.
TE Jevon Kearse Chargers vs. Jets 14 9 Jevon, like the entire Chargers offense, is starting to find his groove. He's becoming more and more dependable as a fantasy tight end.
TE Junior Seau Ponies @ Raiders 4 9 Junior has had one big game this season, and just little pieces of yardage here and there. Against the Raiders, there are lots of receiving yards to be had, and Junior could get some of them.
RB Greg Bonnell Falcons vs. Wombats 4 8 With Greg Bonnell being a new rusher in the Falcons backfield and the Wombats having a bad run defense, it's all adding up to a potentially big day for Greg.
RB Karen Donato Patriots @ Melonheads 0 8 Karen might get some more action in this game if the Melonheads stop the pass early.
TE Craig David Falcons vs. Wombats 11 8 Craig has been a surprise player out of the tight end position the last few weeks. The David (Wilco) to (Craig) David connection is a good one.
WR Nate Kowalski Browns vs. Cowboys 10 8 Unfortunately for Nate, Bert Nicholson has been playing horribly and can't get him the ball enough times. I would wait for a weaker opponent before starting Nate again.
WR Angela Delvecchio Texans vs. Colts 13 8 Angela had her best game of the season last week, and has another chance to reach double digits depending on who the Texans decide to give their touchdowns to.
RB/TE Dmitri Petrovich Eagles @ Armadillos 0 7 Dmitri put up a goose egg last game but he could see a red zone target this week. Might be a time to gamble if you have no other tight ends.
TE Oliver Ramierez 49ers vs. Bears 0 7 Oliver has been all but nonexistent so far. Maybe if the 49ers got him more involved, their offense would work better.
TE Tom Getz Hornets @ Steelers 11 7 If the Hornets get the ball to Tom a little more, they might have more chances to win.
TE Leah Wayne Packers @ Monsters 3 7 If Leah Wayne was as good at football as she was at baseball, you'd win every fantasy game.
WR Liz Levin Monsters vs. Packers 16 7 I'm pretty surprised that Liz has reached double digits three times this season, although she hasn't reached 20. I'm expecting some regression eventually. It may be a game where every pass goes to Evan.
RB Marcus Weiss Giants @ Titans 0 6 Marcus could see some opportunities in the backfield in this game.
RB/TE June O'Shea Giants @ Titans 3 6 The Giants have their most favorable matchup of the year, so is this the week June finally does something?
RB/TE Ricky Williams Jets @ Chargers 13 6 The Dreadlocked Wonder finally had a good game last week, reaching the end zone. Let's hope we don't have to wait 5 weeks until the next one.
TE Jocinda Smith Rams vs. Vikings 0 6 After I heralded Jocinda as one of the top tight ends, she put up two straight zeros. Oops. I think she's gonna find herself some stats this week after a little hiatus, because the Rams need her.
WR Nickie Noodleson Armadillos vs. Eagles 5 6 Nickie had two good games but came back down to single digits. I don't think the Eagles are the opponent that will give up too many points either.
WR Amanda Craven Colts @ Texans 2 6 Amanda might not make a difference against the Texans if Ben has Neal and Horace to throw to.
WR Annie Frazier Jets @ Chargers 0 6 Uh oh, is Annie hitting her weeks-long slump like she did last season? Might be time to dump her and find somebody riding a hot streak.
RB/TE Rose Watson Steelers vs. Hornets 4 5 Rose is still well behind the other two girls on the Steelers in terms of receiving.
WR Hank Wilson Hornets @ Steelers 1 5 If touchdowns were scored with your feet, Hank might be the best in the league! But as it stand, Hank's hands aren't quite as reliable.
WR Kim Esposito Patriots @ Melonheads 4 5 Kim was unable to do much of anything last week, as was much of the Patriots team. This week could be even uglier against a tougher opponent.
RB/TE Brace-Face Brixton Wombats @ Falcons 1 4
TE Olive Hussein Armadillos vs. Eagles 0 4 Olive is too valuable of a blocker for the Armadillos (or at least, that's an explanation we can go with).
TE Karla Karloff Raiders vs. Ponies 15 4 Karla now has two games of 15 points, and 1 point in the other three games combined. Basically flip a coin with her. We got tails, that means a 0.
WR George Coleman Browns vs. Cowboys 3 4 Things aren't very fun in Brown Town. Especially when you're the second receiver on a team that can't pass the ball.
RB Kiesha Phillips Armadillos vs. Eagles 12 3 Kiesha is back to limited usage this week.
RB James Zorn Bears @ 49ers 3 3
RB George Anderson Browns vs. Cowboys 1 3
RB Andres Isben Eagles @ Armadillos 3 3 Andres has been getting a few looks each week but he's too inconsistent.
RB Hans R. Dirtywashum Titans vs. Giants 0 3 Honestly, the Titans should put Hans at QB instead of Andy. But I can't make decisions for the computer.
WR Petunia Young Falcons vs. Wombats 4 3 Petunia is still not seeing the type of volume you want from a second receiver. Maria is just too good; she's hogging all the yardage.
WR Nellie O'Neal Patriots @ Melonheads 1 3 Nellie is just too slow to find any open field against fast teams like the Melonheads.
WR Ernie Steele Titans vs. Giants 1 3 If I was Ernie, I would demand a trade. He's one of the best receivers in the league, long and lanky, with incredible hands. But the pure incompetence of this dipstick of a quarterback can't even stay upright long enough to throw the ball in his general direction. We could replace Andy Gibbons with a seesaw and just jump on the other end, sending the football flying like a makeshift catapult, and that would be a better way to get the ball to Ernie than what the Titans are doing now. Anyway, bench Ernie this week.
WR Pickles Peterson Titans vs. Giants 13 3 Pickles actually played decent last week and caught a touchdown, a flash in the pan for this fallen former BFFL star.
RB Tina Herrara 49ers vs. Bears 2 2
RB PJ Shareef Packers @ Monsters 2 2
TE Fred Sanders Browns vs. Cowboys 0 2 The Browns need Fred to block, not catch. In fact, they could probably use three Freds.
TE Judy Place Patriots @ Melonheads 0 2 Judy's place is on the free agent waiver wire.
TE J.J. Shetland Vikings @ Rams 3 2 J.J. has two more J's in his name than he has reasons to be in your starting lineup.
WR Cisco Kidd Bears @ 49ers 2 2
WR Spanky Simpson Giants @ Titans 1 2
WR Renee Matthews Jets @ Chargers 0 2
RB Jay Green 49ers vs. Bears 0 1
RB Chico Pappas Melonheads vs. Patriots 2 1
RB/TE Carlos Ocampo Titans vs. Giants 1 1 The Titans need Carlos to block, and he's not even doing that.
WR Jane Davis Chargers vs. Jets 0 1
WR Daisy Dewchester Monsters vs. Packers 5 1
WR Isaac Drummond Packers @ Monsters 5 1
WR Cory Barker Wombats @ Falcons 0 1
RB Bridget Oofar Armadillos vs. Eagles 0 0
RB Chucky Flinder Bears @ 49ers 0 0
RB Mark Epstein Browns vs. Cowboys 0 0
RB Jenny Strauss Chargers vs. Jets 0 0
RB Star Moonbeam Chargers vs. Jets 0 0
RB Mikey Tice Colts @ Texans 0 0
RB Cynthia Miller Cowboys @ Browns 0 0
RB Wing Kwan Cowboys @ Browns 0 0
RB Luanne Lui Eagles @ Armadillos 0 0
RB Whitney Singh Falcons vs. Wombats 0 0
RB Daphne Farrington Giants @ Titans 0 0
RB Ben Olds Hornets @ Steelers 0 0
RB Nestor Carpenter Hornets @ Steelers 0 0
RB Bill Larsen Jets @ Chargers 0 0
RB Esther French Jets @ Chargers 0 0
RB Eric Lebeaux Melonheads vs. Patriots 0 0
RB Cathy Benitez Monsters vs. Packers 0 0
RB Olivia Harris Monsters vs. Packers 0 0
RB Clarice Reid Packers @ Monsters 0 0
RB Wanda Hudson Patriots @ Melonheads 0 0
RB Georgia Doyle Ponies @ Raiders 0 0
RB Kate Schwartz Ponies @ Raiders 1 0
RB Dolores Lucio Raiders vs. Ponies 0 0
RB Fred Benson Raiders vs. Ponies 0 0
RB Jay Canasta Rams vs. Vikings 0 0
RB Ray Tran Steelers vs. Hornets 0 0
RB Wendy Harmon Steelers vs. Hornets 0 0
RB Stan Olafson Titans vs. Giants 0 0
RB Dante Robinson Vikings @ Rams 0 0
RB Pete Montoya Vikings @ Rams 10 0
RB Marcie Mallow Wombats @ Falcons 0 0
RB Shermie Shannon Wombats @ Falcons 0 0
TE Lisa Crocket Colts @ Texans 3 0 Lisa will be relegated to blocking duties against the Texans.
WR Sugar Stone 49ers vs. Bears 0 0
WR Ricky Johnson Armadillos vs. Eagles 0 0
WR Julio Henderson Browns vs. Cowboys 1 0
WR Joshua Marriott Colts @ Texans 2 0
WR Mickey O'Connor Cowboys @ Browns 0 0
WR Gretchen Hasselhoff Eagles @ Armadillos 0 0
WR Mike Schwartz Falcons vs. Wombats 2 0
WR Crazy-Legs Calonzo Hornets @ Steelers 0 0
WR Ashley Webber Melonheads vs. Patriots 0 0
WR Nancy Martin Patriots @ Melonheads 0 0
WR Pete Wheeler Ponies @ Raiders 0 0
WR King Kirby Raiders vs. Ponies 1 0
WR Charlotte Allen Rams vs. Vikings 0 0
WR Paul Applebaum Steelers vs. Hornets 0 0
WR Johnny Omar Titans vs. Giants 0 0
WR Lorrie Peters Vikings @ Rams 0 0

Defenses

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection Comments..............................
DEF 49ers Defense 49ers vs. Bears 19 19 The 49ers have been amazing this season on their way to a 5-0 record. They should be able to sack Zena Fromme all game long and extend that to 6-0.
DEF Cowboys Defense Cowboys @ Browns 9 18 The Cowboys defense slightly disappointed last week but a matchup against the Browns looks very promising.
DEF Giants Defense Giants @ Titans 17 18 The Giants defense had their best game yet against a pretty good offense. This week they get possibly the worst offense in the league. The G-Men could even improve upon last week's performance. They're a good streamer pick.
DEF Raiders Defense Raiders vs. Ponies 24 18 The Raiders were phenomenal last week, putting up 24 fantasy points. They could threaten a 20-pointer again, since Sharon Crowe gets sacked a lot.
DEF Vikings Defense Vikings @ Rams 9 18 The Vikings played below their standards last week, but they have a favorable matchup here. They should be one of the top defensive options this week.
DEF Jets Defense Jets @ Chargers 20 17 The Jets defense was outstanding last week, and could be line for even more greatness this week. Drew Bledsoe has been improving, but he's still sacked a lot.
DEF Melonheads Defense Melonheads vs. Patriots 10 16 Every defense circles their game against the Patriots on the schedule because they know they're gonna have a good day. The Melonheads are no different.
DEF Packers Defense Packers @ Monsters 10 16 The Packers just lost a game that they should have won, and they'll probably come out swinging to avenge it. I think their defense will bounce back this week against the Monsters.
DEF Colts Defense Colts @ Texans 11 15 The Colts get to face Chuck and the turnovers Texans this week, which could result in good things!
DEF Falcons Defense Falcons vs. Wombats 9 15 The Falcons defense isn't one of the most revered in the league, but they have a good matchup here against the Wombats. They could play beyond their means this week.
DEF Monsters Defense Monsters vs. Packers 14 15 The Monsters defense has been slightly improving each week, and had a season high 14 in their last game. Will they continue the trend this week?
DEF Bears Defense Bears @ 49ers 17 12 The Bears defense has been looking better every game. While they may give up a lot of points, the sacks and takeaways are the only things that count in fantasy.
DEF Steelers Defense Steelers vs. Hornets 1 12 Last week the Steelers forgot how to tackle and put up a league-wide season low of 1 point. They seem to choke against lesser opponents. Hopefully they’ve learned their lesson and can put the Hornets in their place.
DEF Eagles Defense Eagles @ Armadillos 6 11 The Eagles defense was overwhelmed last week by Amy Bostwick and the Vikings. This week they could be line for a few more sacks with Sally Dobbs in the pocket.
DEF Wombats Defense Wombats @ Falcons 6 11 The Wombats defense has been pretty meh this season. They haven't shown anything to convince me to start them.
DEF Ponies Defense Ponies @ Raiders 16 10 The Ponies lost a heartbreaker last week, and it was not the defense's fault. They've been pretty solid. But Steve McNair and co. have been known to torture opposing defenses.
DEF Rams Defense Rams vs. Vikings 19 10 The Rams thoroughly dispatched the Patriots last week, but the Vikings are a whole 'nother beast. It won't be another shutout, that's for sure.
DEF Texans Defense Texans vs. Colts 19 10 The Texans were able to terrorize Sally Dobbs and even score a defensive touchdown. But this week, Ben None will be too fast to sack and they'll have to rely on takeaways.
DEF Armadillos Defense Armadillos vs. Eagles 8 9 The Armadillos find themselves facing another tough opponent. The Eagles have been careful with the ball; Judy Abwunza has only thrown 1 interception all season.
DEF Patriots Defense Patriots @ Melonheads 15 6 The Patriots defense has actually been getting better lately, but I think the Melonheads might put them in their place this week.
DEF Chargers Defense Chargers vs. Jets 6 5 The Chargers have been winning games lately, but not because of their defense. The Bolts will have a hard time sacking Lulu Legosi.
DEF Browns Defense Browns vs. Cowboys 6 4 Remember when the Browns defense scored 26 in Week 1? Yeah, they've only scored 29 in four games since. Not an attractive pick here either.
DEF Hornets Defense Hornets @ Steelers 3 3 The Hornets defense could only muster up 3 sacks last week against the slow-footed Zena Fromme. This week they're facing the Steelers, and Debra Hannigan is three times as quick as Zena.
DEF Titans Defense Titans vs. Giants 6 3 The Titans couldn't stop a nosebleed if they were an extra absorbent tampon.

Kickers

Pos Player Team Opponent Last Week Projection
K Eric Lebeaux Melonheads vs. Patriots 2 5
K Ricky Johnson Armadillos vs. Eagles 6 4
K Spanky Simpson Giants @ Titans 2 4
K Hank Wilson Hornets @ Steelers 0 4
K Cullen Sullivan 49ers vs. Bears 1 3
K Jimmy Rockfish Packers @ Monsters 0 3
K Lorrie Peters Vikings @ Rams 1 3
K Marcie Mallow Wombats @ Falcons 4 3
K Amanda Craven Colts @ Texans 2 2
K Wing Kwan Cowboys @ Browns 1 2
K David Wilco Falcons vs. Wombats 2 2
K Frankie McDoogle Jets @ Chargers 2 2
K Cathy Benitez Monsters vs. Packers 0 2
K Karla Karloff Raiders vs. Ponies 1 2
K Jay Canasta Rams vs. Vikings 0 2
K Ray Tran Steelers vs. Hornets 0 2
K Cisco Kidd Bears @ 49ers 1 1
K George Anderson Browns vs. Cowboys 1 1
K Jenny Strauss Chargers vs. Jets 3 1
K Reese Worthington Eagles @ Armadillos 2 1
K Wanda Hudson Patriots @ Melonheads 0 1
K Lance Lundergaard Ponies @ Raiders 0 1
K Marky Dubois Texans vs. Colts 0 1
K Johnny Omar Titans vs. Giants 0 1
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r/Bitcoin recap - September 2018

Hi Bitcoiners!
I’m back with the 21st monthly Bitcoin news recap.
For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month.
You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com
A recap of Bitcoin in September 2018
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[OC] Nineteen thousand

“Whiskey and water. Leave the bottle.”
The bartender produced the required glassware along with a flask of amber fluid, but made no move to open it and continue the procedure. After a few seconds of letting him stare at me, I sighed and dug out a bitcoin spear, twirling it between my fingers letting it drop onto the counter. The bartender performed a magic trick and made it disappear into a reader, eyebrows threatening to climb off his bald head at the number of zeroes on the tiny screen. Cash on the barrelhead always trumped whatever initial impression I made when walking into a new place.
Quick as a wink the previous bottle was replaced with something a bit more top shelf - probably from his private stash - along with a bowl of cashews and dried wasabi peas. I didn’t care, top shelf was probably more than I deserved. Not that I was about to turn down the wasabi peas, mind you - they just weren’t the reason I came here. I was here to drink.
And drink I did. A lot. A sip of whiskey each for those that marched in didn’t make it back out. Nineteen thousand brave men and women who went to the wall and held it, held it hard, just so that the rest of the world could keep on living. Heros each and every one of the, the best and finest soldiers I had ever served with.
All dead. All dead. All because they followed me.
The face that stared back at me from the mirror over the bar looked nothing like the man I remembered. This one had a haunted look of someone who had seen too much and couldn’t sleep afterwards. A man who drank to excess in an effort to forget and was failing miserably at it, but kept trying anyways. A man that led his troops into battle and wound up most of them killed. A man who stumbled out of the war zone, gathered up what was left, and led the charge back in. A man who sacrificed the finest men and women on the planet, but got the job done and lived to talk about it.
I hated the man that looked back at me. I hated the fact he had been showered with medals and commendations and called a goddamn hero. He - I - didn’t deserve any of it. The ones that did got nothing but their name on a wall and an email full of platitudes to their families back home. A pittance to remember someone like Private Alimah Kerr, screaming as she unloaded her service weapon into the face of the thing that was chewing her leg off. Or Specialist Robert Hue who stood his ground as the aliens advanced, refusing to yield until he too disappeared under a wave of slobbering blue-green flesh before finally detonating his remaining grenades.
The finest Humanity had to offer. And nobody to remember them but me and a handful of others that had walked away and then paraded in front of the media. Bastards, each and every one of us. Especially me.
Survivor's guilt, they called it. The shrinks tried to convince me that I wasn’t at fault, but I knew better. They hadn’t been there, up close and personal with the aliens that came pouring through the gateway, howling and screaming for Human blood. Every single last one of them a whirling murder machine, all legs and claws and teeth, a dripping nightmare from the depths of hell. The good thing was they died just as easy as we did - only there was a lot more of them.
The gateway had been yet-another attempt to create a working FTL system. In that regard, it is was a roaring success - and if the creator had survived the initial incursion, he would have won a Nobel Prize. Instead he became xeno chow along with rest of the scientists. The idiot never considered that there might be something waiting for us on the other side, ready to jump through and start fucking things up. Without thinking, he just opened a goddamn doorway to hell and invited the bastards in, leaving the rest of us to fight our way towards the portal and slam the thing shut before something worse came through.
We won, of course. But it was a victory bought and paid for dearly, one bloody step at a time.
I continued to drink, mentally calling out names with each sip. Victoria Smith. Mark Belzar. Sigivald Elwin. Andy Paz. I had memorized each of the nineteen thousand I led into battle and then left behind. Good men and women. I wish I could count myself among them. Instead I was left with nothing but their names and a fat bank account, courtesy of early retirement. That, and the memory of how I had took them right up to the gates of hell and told them to keep going. Their great commanding officer, the one they looked up to and expected to bring them home, safe and sound. But in the end, I wound up escorting them right to the gates of hell. If it made any difference I was right there with them, every step of the way. Lead from the front was always my motto. Do as I do, like this, here, you try. They loved me for it, and I loved them back, all of them. One big trigger-happy family.
I waved at the bartender for another bottle, and he swapped out the empty one for me, setting another decanter of water next to it. I refreshed my glass and snorted at the label. “None Better” it proclaimed, in flowing gold script, winner of the ‘52 international. Perhaps. I couldn’t tell - it all went down the same, burning a line from my mouth to my gut like a tracer bullet. The soft bloom of warmth when it hit was a welcome relief, dulling the pain. If only it could dull the memory of what happened.
We had been out doing maneuvers - mostly a show of force to remind everyone that the UN was serious about keeping the peace - when we got an alert indicating a hostile force at a nearby research complex. The day had been going good and I was pleased with how the troops were performing and gave the order to re-task and take back the facility. I assumed it was yet another terrorist action, a bunch of fucking losers following some jackass who thought he was the seconding coming and wanted to prove it by blowing shit up and lopping off heads. What those guys hope to accomplish by all of that is beyond me. Still, they always seemed to be able to gather supporters from those that had nothing else better to do. I guess vague promises of a glowing afterlife was better than dirty villages and crappy TV.
On the surface it seemed like a run-of-the-mill op, just like all the others that we’ve been doing since the UNSOF was formed. Somehow the insurgents had managed to slip in and take over the lab before anyone noticed - which meant overwatch had been slacking off and needed a kick in the ass. I figured it would all be over pretty soon and the grunts could look forward to some well-deserved R’n’R afterwards while us command-types filled out paperwork. Just another day at the office, one step closer to retirement and that 30-foot boat I’d been daydreaming about. A little shock and awe and everything would be right on our corner of the world. Give the kids something to bullshit the starry-eyed civvies with back in town, maybe enough to impress the locals to come back their place and get all sticky together. I was just glad we mandated strict birth control, religious and cultural affiliations be dammed.
The first indication it was not a terrorist group was when the incursion team breached the outer doors and started screaming. The whirling mass of death that came storming out tore into the team like a starving man at a buffet. To their credit, they stood their ground and gave as good as they got until backup arrived and provided supporting fire, splattering the shit out of whatever it was before recovering our dead and wounded.
I gave the order to move in and secure the facility, assuming that whatever had torn Alpha team to ribbons was some unsanctioned animal experiment that got loose. It was only after we lost both Bravo and Charlie did we realize it wasn’t animals we were dealing with but a whole new life form, one that really enjoyed snacking on humans. By the time the rest of the division showed up to provide much-needed support we were down to less than a hundred functioning soldiers and had nothing to show for it.
The UNSOF trained and outfitted some of the best soldiers on the planet, and we were experts at enforcing the peace or dealing with the odd armed insurgent, but an actual alien invasion was a little outside of our bailiwick. But we were also never one to back down from a fight, especially one where the fate of the world hung in the balance. The extra firepower allowed us to force our way through the swarms of aliens that just kept coming and coming. Sergeant Iva Magdalene joked with Private Sam Lammert that it was like some sort of video game and wondered if there was a boss level. That was the last coherent thing I heard from her team, screaming and the sound of gunfire saturating the radio channel shortly afterwards.
The bar was starting to fill up, the afternoon working class crowd shouldering their way in and talking loud. Friends backslapping each other, yapping about sports or the latest movie or how the new foreman was an idiot. I ignored them and stayed on my perch, nailed there by a continual supply of whiskey and spicy dried peas. I blinked and the empty bottle magically replaced itself, the bartender swapping it out as he moved by. I took that as a good sign and poured myself another, sipping it as I mentally counted out the names.
Afonso Lefteris. Castor Theudemar. Rodrigo Neely. Arcadia Frantziska. Coco Yana. Lesha Teagan. Dan Dorin. Cassandra Goldburg. All gone, just names on a wall somewhere now, destined to be part of a school field trip where bored kids stand around and fidget as their teacher tries to jam some history between their dirty ears. Not one of those kids or their teacher will care Cassandra wrote dirty Harry Potter vampire fan fiction, Rodrigo had been studying to be a lawyer, or that Dan moonlighted as a classical guitarist. Each one had a future and a life ahead of them that was wiped out when I sent them off to die.
And every last one of them went willingly. Confident, strong, proud. A credit to the uniform. A uniform I no longer felt that I had the right to wear.
I set my empty glass down with exaggerated care, uncertain of where the tabletop was, my enhanced liver working overtime to process the influx of alcohol. The thunk told me I had made it successfully, and I let go of the glass and stared into it, the slowly collapsing film of whiskey that clung to the side a reminder of the gateway at the epicenter of the invasion.
The egg-shaped device looked like wet glass, the distortion rippling between complicated armatures keeping the field open. It had taken six hours of constant fighting, some of it hand-to-hand, before we gained access to the chamber housing the gateway. Behind us we had left a trail of bodies, both ours and theirs, some of them stacked three deep. The stench of death mixed with the smell of cordite and burnt railgun coils. I had lost track of my own weapon some point, picking up a discard and using that instead. The stock was crusted in dried blood, some of it mine, most of it alien where I had used it as a club. My continual requests for more support and heavy equipment were being shuffled around and put off, nobody willing to believe the reports being sent in. Those of us on the ground were resolved to end this here and now, holding the first, last, and only line of defence between Humanity and the growling alien mob.
By this point we had all gotten pretty good at figuring out what the alien’s weak points were - head shots fucked them up pretty good, but they’d just barrel along until you took out the heart-thing located in their ass. Someone told me later they were like bees, putting their vital bits in back and responding to a queen. I stopped eating honey right after that.
Being more efficient at killing was not that helpful when the enemy force seemed to have an unlimited supply of bodies to throw at us. At some point we were going to run out of ammo - we had been scavenging what we could off of our dead comrades, exhaustion and terror keeping us from feeling bad about it. I kept sending soldiers out in twos and threes to search the surrounding areas and bring back what they could. Sometimes they came back missing a team member. Sometimes they didn’t come back at all.
I added them to the list of dead that I was responsible for and kept pushing forward.
The bartender came over and gave me a look, judging if I was at the point where he should consider cutting me off. I held out my hand to show that it was steady - surgeon's hands, my mother called them - and nodded, my fancy liver having already dealt with the booze. He reluctantly complied and poured a drink for me from a new bottle - my third, I think - before moving down the bar to take care of someone else.
I kept drinking and counting off the names.
Our first clue we were getting closer to the center of the invasion was a change in the mix of xeno types. Before it was just nasty critters that would attack en-masse, but these were more upright and started to sport weapons of their own. They also started to show a level of unit cohesion that was downright disturbing. We figured out pretty quickly that they were also responsible for directing the mass of smaller xenos, so killing them became a top priority. Same general body layout as the rest, so popping a round in their ass worked wonders.
By this time we had finally figured out what the hell this place was and command had bought into our doomsday scenario - but were seemingly incapable of making a decision on what to do about it. I lost three men - Williams, Carine, and Renáta - as I hunkered down and got into a screaming match over the vidphone with a four-star general who had never seen live action before. It was only until I broke off to club a snarling mass of alien flesh that tried to eat my face did they get the message how dire the situation was. Nuclear weapons were off the table - even if we could get the release codes, the fallout would poison a large chunk of valuable farmland and wreck the underlying aquifer. The only available units with bunker busters or MOABs were hours away, about the same time as any heavy artillery that could punch through the walls.
That left us with jack and shit, along with a dwindling number of functional soldiers who were running short on ammo and adrenaline.
So we did what we were trained to do - we kept fighting.
And kept dying.
My upgraded liver had finally done its job and processed most of what I drank into hydrogen and energy, feeding a process that cracked the rest into more base components my body could use. Very little alcohol actually made it into my bloodstream, and what did was filtered out quickly and excreted in the normal manner. The upshot was I could generally keep drinking for as long as my bank account held out - which these days meant practically forever.
One side effect of the upgrades is that I tend to sweat more than normal when I drink, which is hell on my clothing and contributes to the sad state of my personal hygiene. I honestly don’t care - that’s what laundry service is for. As for the smell, it kept the seats next to me clear, which let me focus on more important things. Like drinking and remembering the dead.
So when someone invaded my personal space by sitting down and greeting me by name, I was totally unprepared.
Fuck. Robbie.
The promised support was going to be a long time in coming - most of what we needed were scattered around maintaining the peace or on a ship somewhere. Nobody expected some idiot to throw a complete division of troops and material into a meat grinder and then ask for more.
We knew we were in the right area when we killed a dozen of the Walkers - what we started calling the upright fighters - all stationed around a hanger-like door that had been forced open from the inside. A quick peek around the corner showed the room inside was filled with critters of various sizes, all milling around the gateway that kept pooping out more. I could see a dozen or more Walkers arranged in front of it, gathered in a loose circle and waving their hand-things around in some sort of ritual fashion. I didn’t know if they were holding a seance and talking with Great Uncle Charley or just discussing the weather, and frankly I didn’t care - I just wanted them out of the way of our objective. Once we shut the gateway down I was certain that all of our problems would be solved and we could call it a day. Maybe even get out this in time for dinner.
“Eugen, Pyotr. Take a squad each and scout left and right of our position. Look for power conduits big enough to power that thing. Sing out if you run into trouble. Go.” Two dozen men and women scampered off without a second thought. “Mansel. You and yours hold here with me. The rest, fan out and grab whatever ammo you can find. Return in five minutes.” Sixty soldiers ran down the hallways in groups of sevens and eights to find whatever they could, coming back within the allotted time. One ran into a pack of xenos and used up what ammo they had, returning empty handed. We parceled out everything the best we could. I kept as many railgun coils as I could carry and handed the rest to Robbie, who had the other functioning railgun. The rest were armed with upgraded SAR29’s and were ready for blood.
Pyotr called in saying they had found a power cable that looked promising - it was certainly big enough and had warnings in six languages. Eugen hadn’t reported in and wasn’t responding to coms. I was hoping it was just because their radio was broken or the signal was blocked, but we all knew in our guts they were gone. More names to add to the list of brave men and women I had sent off to die.
I ordered Pytor to cut the cable, which should shut down the gateway and prevent the aliens from bringing in any more reinforcements. As soon as that happened we were going to storm the room and kill every last stinking xeno. No survivors, and no Geneva convention to tell us different.
It sorta kinda worked.
“Whatcha drinking, Colonel?” Robbie asked me, as if everything was normal and it was just another day in the neighborhood. The rest of the bar hooted and hollered, someone sinking a clever shot on the pool table.
“Whiskey. Get’cher own,” I growled back, taking a drink and pretending to ignore his presence. I was in no mood to share, particularly not with him. “And I’m retired.”
The last time I had seen Robbie he was missing a hand along with a chunk of his face. The surgeons had done a good job on patching him back together. Hell, they had done a good job on everyone that made it out, myself included. They had to - if they showed the world what it really took to beat back an alien invasion, recruitment numbers would plummet to near zero. So broken bones were set, mangled limbs and organs were repaired or replaced, plastic surgery was scheduled. The scars were erased, but for some of us, they went too deep for any amount of medical care to fix. On the surface we looked and acted human, but inside some of us were more plastic and ceramic and high-tech gear than flesh and bone. But we looked good on TV, which is what really mattered.
Robbie signaled for a beer, which the bartender obliged. “Put it on his tab,” he said, jerking a thumb at me. “He doesn’t mind.”
“What do you want, Robbie?” I asked, waving a hand at the bartender to say it was okay. “Not like we parted friends last time I checked.” Words were exchanged, most of them heated. We didn’t come to blows, but damn near could’ve.
“Things change. You were angry, blaming yourself for everything that happened.” Pointing at the line of empty bottles, he added, “looks like you still do.” I grunted in agreement and continued to drink. Robbie wouldn’t shut up and kept at it. “Still doing that thing where you go over the names of everyone that didn’t make it out?” I turned my head slowly towards Robbie, fixing him with a hostile stare. It was his turn to ignore me and he blathered on. “What’s the count again? Oh yes, nineteen thousand. I hear they are going to make a documentary. Want to be in it? They can use a sad sack of shit. Be right up your alley.” He shut up and took a drink from his beer, not realizing the amount of control it took not to punch his smug face in.
I thought he was done talking but he started right back up again. “Believe it or not, I have been and always will be your friend. Maybe you forgot that, but I never did. Which is why when you walked away I didn’t, even if I wanted to. Someone had to stick around and pick up the slack. So while you’ve been drinking more than humanly possible and blaming yourself, I - we’ve - have been figuring out what happened.”
“I know what happened. We went in and got blown to hell,” I answered, lifting my glass. “Most of a division wiped out on my orders. But we got the job done.”
Robbie hit me with a sucker punch. “Who said the job was done?”
Pytor’s team took down the power cable as ordered and we came in guns blazing. The gateway was going crazy from all of the ordinance flying around and its power supply being interrupted, but it wasn’t shutting down. Either there was a secondary conduit somewhere or a backup generator providing juice. I had a momentary worry that whatever ritual the Walkers had been doing was keeping it open, but they wasted no time in jumping into the fray, dispelling that notion.
Our first order of business was taking the Walkers out - without them providing guidance, the rest of the xeno swarm should be easy. Great idea, but they weren’t going down without a fight.
Robbie and I fought back-to-back, railguns close to overload as we fired round after round, punching through aliens four at a time. The rest of the remaining company of soldiers burned through ammo like it was going out of style. Someone yelling “grenade!” caused us all to duck, the bang of it going off followed by the whistling sound of shrapnel and someone screaming. Turns out it was me. A chunk of metal made it past my armor and lodged in my gut, tearing things up pretty bad.
“Power souce!” I called out, doing my best to ignore the pain and stay upright. “Find the goddamn power source!”
And incoherent shout drew my attention to Corporal Mahmud Paz, who was pointing at a unit mounted on the far side of the bay that was being guarded by three Walkers and a bunch of their pets. That looked like a fine place to have some target practice, and anyone who wasn’t directly engaged with staying alive moved in closer.
Before we got there something came through and started to tear us a new asshole. Robbie and I ganged up on it and turned it into Swiss cheese, but not before it had wiped out twenty men and women we couldn’t afford to lose.
“We’re fucked!” he gasped, the side of his face that wasn’t hamburger pale from blood loss. I was inclined to agree, but wasn’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.
“No we’re not,” I said with confidence I didn’t really have, eyes tracing the line of wrist-thick cables going from the generator to the arms of the still-functioning gateway. “There. Hit it there,” I ordered over the command channel, lighting up a junction with the laser targeting system. I followed through by reloading a coil and chunking off rounds, the railgun rapidly warming up in my hands, heading towards a critical overload.
The remaining troops did the same, just as the Walkers realized they were about to be cut off from whatever hell they called home and broke ranks to try and stop us. Robbie’s railgun failed after five more rounds, the final shot warping the barrel and exploding, taking his right hand with it. The rest of us kept firing, spraying and praying we’d finally punch through and hit something important.
Eventually we did.
“Of course I am. Shut the gateway down, killed all the xenos, exfil’d back to base. World saved, all that jazz.” I took a big slug of whiskey and poured some more, skipping the water this time around. “You were there as I recall. Didn’t look as good as you do now.”
“The miracle of modern medicine. So here’s the deal. We managed to salvage the research and rebuild the gateway. Now hold on, lemme finish. Smaller this time, lower power, double isolation chamber, failsafes, the works. Just big enough for some probes to go through without being detected. Guess what we found?”
“Your virginity?”
“Close, but no cigar. Worlds. Hundreds of worlds. And on all of them, dead civilizations, wiped out by the sames bastards that attacked us. Research managed to translate some of what they found and figured out that every time a species build a gateway, these things come through and wipe them out.”
“But not us,” I grunted.
“But not us. And it gets better.” Robbie looked around and leaned over slightly before continuing in a lower voice, like he was imparting some great secret. “We found their home world.”
The Walkers and their remaining pets tore into us just as the power junction let go, causing the gateway to collapse in a soundless explosion of light and fury. The best part was that it sent the aliens reeling, making them easy pickings. By the time our reinforcements arrived we had bandaged our wounded and crawled out of the rubble, seventy three survivors out of a division of almost twenty thousand.
Fresh air never smelled so good.
I fully expected to be court-marshaled for taking such devastating losses and not calling for a retreat. Instead what I got was commendation after commendation, so many they had to create new combos just so I wouldn’t run out of chest area to display them all. I suspected that it was all a put-up job, but couldn’t get anyone to admit it. Everyone kept telling me how great I was and how I had done the impossible against incredible odds. I had so much smoke blown up my ass I thought I would get lung cancer. After a while I couldn’t take it anymore and turned in my paperwork and resigned, leaving the uniform and the job behind - the only thing I had known for most of my adult life.
I never did buy that boat.
“Explain,” I ordered, giving Robbie my best Don’t Fuck With Me glare. He pretended it didn’t work on him but answered anyways.
“Just like I said. We found the planet they come from. Easy, too. If you don’t know enough to plan ahead the gateway naturally lands there, like a default setting. Then our buddies swarm through, kill everyone, and leave. Lather, rinse, repeat. Break the laws of physics, get eaten.”
“Well that sucks,” I observed, taking a pull from my glass. “But you never answered my question, Robbie. What do you want?”
“We - I - want you. We’re building a bigger gate, one that can send a division or three through. We want to take the fight to them, wipe them out for good before they can do the same to another species. Give the rest of the universe a chance to get off their own rocks and make something of themselves.” Robbie cleared his throat before continuing, “but we need a leader. One that can make the hard choices even if it tears him up inside. One that keeps going and going, putting his ass on the line every single day and inspiring others to do the same. One who knows how to fight these things and win. No matter what it takes. No matter what it costs him personally.”
Robbie put his hand on the top of my glass, and forced it back down to the counter top. “How about it, Colonel? Wanna get some payback? Maybe make those names of yours mean something other than an excuse to wallow in your self-pity?” I didn’t say anything and stared at the reflection of the man in the mirror. “Don’t do it for me. Hell, don’t do it for yourself. Do it for them. For the nineteen thousand. Make their deaths be more than just names on a wall somewhere or a glass in your hand. Don’t walk away this time and hide in a bottle,” he pleaded, hand still covering mine and holding the glass of liquid memory eraser on the countertop.
As I watched, my reflection shifted for a moment, showing me the man I used to be. A man deeply ashamed at what he had become - a drunk, a loser. A man that thought there might be something still inside worth saving, who had never really given up on either of us or what we had once believed in. A man who wanted a second chance to make up for his mistakes.
“Weapons?” I asked, my voice quiet and lost in the background noise of the bar. I had hoped Robbie didn’t hear, but they must have fixed his ears, too.
“New SAR31’s. Better fire control, larger magazines, bigger punch. Railguns have been improved, too. No more losing fingers,” he said, waving his replacement hand around, the synthflesh blending seamlessly into his wrist. “Got some prototype plasma casters that look promising, if you want’em.”
“Armor?” louder this time. No use pretending any more.
“Dragonskin v8. Interlocking plates. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Carry weight has been dropped by half, more flexible. Think chainmail that’ll stop a rocket.”
I stared at the mirror. “Resupply? Air support?”
“Done and done. Trust me, I was your XO for six years before you walked away. I know what you’re going to ask before you ask it. We’re locked, cocked, and ready to roll. Only thing missing is you. The key part to the whole shebang.”
I drummed my fingers on the countertop, trying to think of something to trip him up, and give me an excuse to say no. The bottles called out to me, and I really wanted to get back to my drinking. I finally played my ace card and said, “fine, but I want Kitty,” referring to the best damn sniper I had ever had the pleasure to work with. The last time I spoke to her she was happily retired and living on a beach, having traded in her scope for an endless supply of cabana boys and surfers. She was out for good, no way in hell Robbie had managed to lure her back in.
Robbie threw back his head and laughed, attracting the attention of the entire bar and proving me wrong. “Deal! She’s tanned, toned, and ready to kick ass. Even brought some promising new recruits with her. So what do you say Colonel, ready to get back to work? Maybe bring some peace to the universe, make a real difference again?”
The names were a silent presence, floating around in the back of my mind. I realized in that moment of pure absolute clarity that I had been wrong, so very wrong. The names of the men and women that had followed me to hell and stayed there were not a burden or a curse but a blessing. They had not been dragging me down or holding me back - I had. They were there to lift me up, keep me going, push me forwards. Knowing each one of them had been an honor, and I would never forget their sacrifice.
I shoved Robbie’s hand off the glass and tossed it back before standing up and giving the mirror the evil eye. My reflection looked back at me, pleased for the first time in ages. I made a silent vow to carry the memories of those men and women to the farthest reaches of the universe and make their deaths count by tearing the xeno homeworld down, brick by bloody brick, until the galaxy was free from the threat they posed. I could feel the names, all nineteen thousand of them, milling around, tired of excuses and eager to get on with it.
Nineteen thousand. Plus one more.
Mine.
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r/Bitcoin recap - September 2018 - V2

Hi Bitcoiners!
This is a reworked repost of the 21st monthly Bitcoin news recap. I'm testing out a new format where I list items by topic instead of date so they are easier to digest for the reader. I would love to hear your feedback! (on the categories, the new format vs. the old,...)
For those unfamiliar with these recaps, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in Bitcoin over the past month.
You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com
A recap of Bitcoin in September 2018
Adoption * The Lightning Network surpasses 100 bitcoin in network capacity * Someone paying with bitcoin in Rovereto, Italy at a 20% discount * Someone pays for a car wash in Brisbane with bitcoin * The biggest block yet is mined at 2.26MB * Someone gets a speaker fee in bitcoin after speaking for developers at a bank * A Butcher shop in Venezuela accepting bitcoin * Someone’s story of travelling across 18 countries using 1 btc * Swissquote advertises Cryptocurrency trading on some office windows * People discuss how expensive bitcoin ATMs are
Development * Someone working on a 3D cryptocurrency trading interface * Someone set up their Bitcoin full node + Lightning Network node following a Github tutorial * A new Lightning desktop app by Lightning Labs * The release of the lnd v0.5-beta and C-lightning v0.6.1 * The future of Lightning by Elizabeth Stark * Someone created their own Lightning Network-powered Cola machine
Security * A Chrome extension got hacked and tried to steal private keys to cryptocurrency wallets * Someone tried to attack Slush’s Lightning Network node with a 12 bitcoin capacity * Google Play takes down misleading bitcoin wallets * Japanese exchange Zaif gets hacked for $37M worth of bitcoin * An important bug is discovered and gets patched in Bitcoin Core 0.16.3
Mining * A look into an illegal bitcoin mining operation in an abandoned power plant in Russia * Slush Pool introduces an open-source operating system for some of Bitmain’s mining machines * Samsung is planning to build 10nm Asic mining chips
Business * The Goldman Sachs CFO on speculation about the bank’s bitcoin trading activities * Coinbase is exploring a bitcoin ETF * Bitmain is now planning an IPO at 16% of their original size * Canada approves a bitcoin trust fund * Morgan Stanley offers bitcoin derivates to its clients * The Robinhood investing app is making millions by selling user data to HFT firms * Google ends its cryptocurrency advertising ban * Bakkt on its first Bitcoin futures contracts
Research * An analysis of $1B Bitcoins on the move * As the Lightning Network grows it will become more difficult to track its growth * A $193M bitcoin transaction for a $0.19 fee * A collection of articles and research on PoW’s efficiency * Bitcoin’s energy consumption in comparison to gold mining, paper money printing, the banking system and governments * Europol research shows that bitcoin has not been used to fund any terrorist attacks
Education * A Bitcoin explainer someone spent a year on * An infographic on merkle trees * A discussion on why it is unwise to use bitcoin for crime
Regulation & Politics * The legal status of Bitcoin globally * How Roman coins took hundreds of years to lose their value * US regulators approve Winklevoss Twins’ fiat-backed stablecoin * Hayek on taking money out of the hands of the government in 1984 * Some cryptocurrency businesses in the US have asked US congress to hurry up with regulation * The Prime Minister of Malta on blockchains and cryptocurrencies
Financial incumbents * The US and EU cut Iran off the SWIFT system through threatening SWIFT executives with criminal charges * Visa and Mastercard forced to pay $6.2B for over-charging on credit cards * The Danske Bank CEO quits over a $234B money laundering scandal
Price & Trading * The bitcoin price is at an all-time high in Iran * People discuss the bitcoin price
Fun & Other * A reminder that bitcoin can’t be eaten by the family pet * There is a Bitcoin ‘glyph’ in iOS 12 * Bitcoin posters in Brighton * Bitcoin from a teenager’s point of view * Bitcoin on who wants to be a milllionaire * Scrabble adds Bitcoin to its dictionary
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ZeroBlock launches Version 2.0 - updates include: Clark Moody charts, personal holding calculator, price push notifications, and many more sources, including bitcointalk.org!

Hello bitcoin!
If you haven't already heard of us, we are an iOS app that provides real-time Bitcoin market data and aggregated news feed. As promised, we've just rolled out some new exciting features!
Download our app here: ZeroBlock on the iTunes store
New Features:
Future Updates:
And please be patient with us, we haven't forgotten about Android!
See Co-Founder Dan Held interviewed in the Forbes Sushi meetup video: Forbes bitcoin meetup in San Francisco
Donate: 1LHSr3ZnYeD6PpM7rfGNCLhBmU3o2x3oCN
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ZeroBlock launches Real-Time Market Data and News Aggregator for iOS (Android & Desktop platforms are in development!)

Hello bitcoin! You might have seen our post about the Forbes sushi meetup. But now that we have our landing page done, we wanted to officially announce ZeroBlock!
www.zeroblock.com
The app currently supports real time Mt. Gox price and Blockchain data. Further, we aggregate Bitcoin articles from a wide variety of quality sources. We would be honored to have bitcoin's feedback.
We have made good progress on our update. It will include following:
For all you Android users out there, don't worry, we are working on app for you as well.
We will be at the Bitcoin conference in San Jose if you'd like to meet up with us.
See co-founder Dan Held interviewed in the Forbes video (I'm sure you've already watched it) here: Forbes bitcoin meetup in San Francisco.
Download our app here: ZeroBlock on the iTunes store
Donate: 1LHSr3ZnYeD6PpM7rfGNCLhBmU3o2x3oCN
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ZeroBlock iOS app now has multiple currency support and color Clark Moody charts!

ZeroBlock combines Bitcoin market exchange data with an aggregated news feed to give you a platform for instantaneous access to everything that is happening in the Bitcoin market.
We've added some new features:
These features are in addition to what the app already offers:
See co-founder Dan Held interviewed in the Forbes video (I'm sure you've already watched it) here: Forbes bitcoin meetup in San Francisco.
Download our app here: ZeroBlock on the iTunes store
Donate: 1LHSr3ZnYeD6PpM7rfGNCLhBmU3o2x3oCN
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After the Bell Panel Discussion: Cryptocurrencies - Opportunities, Challenges and Profitability in the Migration from Main Street to Golden Gate: Looking at the Long Game Wednesday, July 30, 2013 – Golden Gate University – San Francisco, CA

These panel discussions address the movement of trade of cryptocurrencies from individual hackers to traditional financial institutions. But how do you gain on these opportunities? Is it just a bubble, another speculative commodity or something more? What regulation will be instituted and how will that affect trading? If you're thinking of investing—where do you focus? On the currency or on the technologies surrounding it? From our panels of leaders in this burgeoning industry and geared towards those in hedge funds, portfolio management and asset management firms, banks and traders, hear the latest on the issues and how to best maximize the market.
Event Program:
3:45 Registration
4:00 pm Panel I: Regulation and Regulatory Impact • Latest initiatives by regulatory bodies • Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/ ABL ("Anti-Bitcoin Laundering") and know-your-customer rules • Storage issues/security/anti-hacking • Will it become a legitimate currency? Will it interface with banking systems? And how will it be taxed? Panelists include: Karsten Behrend, Chief Compliance Officer, Xapo & Executive Board Member, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists Jake Benson, CEO/Founder, Libra Services Inc Brian Stoeckert, Managing Director, Chief Strategy Officer, CoinComply
4:45 pm Panel II. Steps to Becoming a Cryptocurrency Trader • What is the potential of the crypto market? • Evaluating the volatility: How it differs from traditional arbitrage and understanding how to handle it • Is it another asset class? An ECN? A commodity like gold? • Trading on exchanges • Identifying current and future opportunities • Clearing and settlement issues; Counterparty risk Panelists include: Emmanuel Abiodun, President & CCO, PeerNova Michael Moro, Director, Trading Team, SecondMarket Matt Wreford, President & CCO, Vernier Partners
5:30 pm Panel III. Investment in Cryptocurrencies and bitcoin companies • What makes it a good or bad investment? • Investing in bitcoin companies: What makes them valuable? • What are the technologies available? Being developed? And how will they be advance the move from the retail to institutional trader? What about the block chain protocol? Panelists include: Emmanuel Abiodun, President & CCO, PeerNova David Chen, Venture Investor, Lightspeed Venture Partners Dan Held, Director of Product, Blockchain & Co-Founder, ZeroBlock Ethan Kurzweil, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners
6:15 pm Networking Reception Following the conclusion of the Roundtable Panel Sessions join us for a Networking Reception to further discuss the most top of mind issues of those involved in the financial markets.
For further information about the event or if you are interested in speaking or sponsoring, please contact [email protected] To Register: http://www.themankoffcompany.com/CryptocurrenciesSFSummer2014/index.php
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Dan Held: Silicon Valley Fundamentally Doesn't Understand Bitcoin (Audio only)

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