McKinley Tech High School Alum Completes Basic Training

first_imgAir Force Airman 1st Class Melvin Carter II graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.Carter is the son of Denise and Melvin Carter of Washington, D.C.He is a 2007 graduate of McKinley Technology High School, Washington, D.C. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 2011 from Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va.last_img

DC Council Members Seek to Increase Penalties for Illegal Dirt Bikes and

first_imgDirt bikes and ATVs are dangerous for the public. (AP Photo)Several D.C. Council members are proposing legislation to crack down on the illegal use of dirt bikes and All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) in the District.  Judiciary Chairman and Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5), along with Councilmembers Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 1), introduced the bill to discourage residents from using the modes of transportation, which have been linked to several crimes across the city.“I’ve heard complaints about illegal ATVs and dirt bikes from all around Ward 6,” Allen told the AFRO on July 27.  “I was happy to co-introduce the “Enhanced Penalties for Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles and Dirt Bikes Amendment Act of 2015” with Councilmember McDuffie to help get these vehicles off District streets.  This is a safety issue.  We’ve seen these bikes being used to commit crimes including murder. It’s time to give MPD more tools to step up enforcement and crack down on illegal ridership.”The bill would allow the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to tow any dirt bike or ATV parked on public property and require registration of all ATVs and dirt bikes with the Department of Motor Vehicles.The bill would also enhance penalties for offenders, including a fine up to $250 or more than 30 days in jail for the first violation; suspension of  an individual’s provisional or operator’s permit for six months from the date of the conviction and a fine up to $500 or no more than 90 days in jail for the second violation; and suspension of an individual’s provisional or operator’s permit for a year and a fine up to $1000 or no more than 180 days in jail for the third or subsequent violation.Allen told Newschannel 8 the growing trend of dirt bikes and ATVs are creating a public hazard in neighborhoods. “Just on my own street I’ve seen dirt bikes flying through stop signs and red lights,” he said. “And then we’ve seen dirt bikes in several different violent crimes and murders.”Allen said the murders of Charnice Milton, 27, and Tamara Gliss, 31, were examples of crimes committed by dirt bike riders.“They [vehicles] are already illegal in the streets, but as most neighbors have seen you’ll have groups that fly by on H Street or other corridors,” Allen said. “Public safety is paramount.”According to NBC 4 Washington, the bill is expected to be discussed at a public hearing in the Fall.  “Currently our laws just do not serve as a sufficient deterrent to the use of these machines. Dirt bikes and ATVs are not appropriate for use on our roads, are dangerous, and have been used completely irresponsibly on sidewalks and in packs to intimidate pedestrians and drivers,” McDuffie said in a press release.According to recent reports on WUSA9, the bill has a good chance of passing and being signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The station also reported that District residents are divided on whether the bill is fair, even though they agree that dirt bikes and ATVs are a safety concern.last_img read more

Convicted Cop Attacks Character of Slain Officer

first_imgBy Stephen Janis, Special to the AFROWhen Det. Sean Suiter was shot in the head with his own gun in a West Baltimore alley in November 2017, then Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis acted aggressively.Det. Sean Suiter, an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department, was shot in the head while investigating a murder in West Baltimore, Nov. 15. He died from his injuries about 24 hours after the shooting. (Courtesy photo)He locked down the Harlem Park neighborhood where the shooting occurred, forcing residents to show identification to pass through checkpoints.  In a series of press conferences Davis described the alleged shooter, a lone black male wearing a jacket with a white stripe as, “a heartless, ruthless, soulless, killer.”  Additionally, Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered the lighting of the top of city hall blue, to call attention to the killing and remind the city Suiter had been slain allegedly by someone in their midst.But, the ongoing criminal trial inside the Federal District courthouse against two members of the now notorious Gun Trace Task Force (GTTF), accused of dealing drugs, robbing residents and stealing overtime, is providing a reckoning of sorts rarely seen in Baltimore, casting an unfavorable light on the actions of city leaders in the wake of Suiter’s death.During cross examination of several of the officers who have pled guilty to various crimes new allegations have emerged casting doubt on the narrative that Suiter was the victim of a lone neighborhood gunman.  Their testimony also called into question the behavior of Davis and other city leaders’ decision to cast an accusatory net across a city that had suffered for years under the Baltimore Police Department (BPD), which the Department of Justice in 2016 found engaged regularly in unconstitutional policing targeted primarily at African Americans.In riveting testimony earlier this week according to WBAL TV, former GTTF Momodu Gondo told defense attorneys that he and Suiter together robbed residents long before he joined the elite unit.  After Gondo admitted to stealing money starting in 2008, the attorney asked if the past thefts included Suiter.Former GTTF Momodu Gondo.“Yes,” Gondo replied.Suiter, whose death was ruled a homicide, was set to testify in front of a federal grand jury regarding a 2010 car chase that led to an accident and the death of the father of a Baltimore police officer.  The driver, Umar Burley, fled when Suiter and Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, a GTTF supervisor who has also pled guilty to a variety of crimes, tried to block his car after they spotted him with cash.   Jenkins then ordered a yet to be named Sgt. to plant drugs in the car after the accident.Charges of drug possession against Burley have since been dropped,But Gondo’s accusation against Suiter is not the only testimony that has impugned the reputation of an already sullied department, and shed light on accusations lobbed at residents by the department that were either overblown or untrue.Earlier this week former bail bondsman Donald C. Stepp, testified that in 2015 during the uprising after the death of Freddie Gray, Jenkins brought him garbage bags full of pharmaceutical drugs looted from businesses across the city.  The Baltimore County resident told the jury he sold the drugs for Jenkins and shared the proceeds with him, according to The Real News Network.But, in 2015 Commissioner Anthony Batts blamed the massive theft of prescription drugs and their subsequent distribution on the streets by city residents as the impetus behind a wave of violence after the death of Gray.“That’s enough narcotics on the streets of Baltimore to keep it intoxicated for a year,” Batts told CNN during an interview in 2015. “That number of drugs has thrown off the balance on the streets of Baltimore.”Former members of the GTTF have also cast doubts on current BPD commanders.Among them, Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere, who GTTF member Jemell Rayam claims coached him on how to document his controversial shooting in 2009 of Sean Cannady.  The {Baltimore Sun} reported that Det.  Rayam testified Palmere guided him on how to report the incident when he shot Cannady in the head as he was driving out of a Northwest Baltimore alley, to minimize suspicion.  Palmere has denied the claims and said he plans to retire.In an email, BPD spokesman T.J Smith revealed a new corruption unit that has been tasked with investigating the ongoing allegations which emerged from the trial.“The Baltimore Police Department is monitoring the testimony.” Smith wrote. “We are working diligently to investigate and hold those who tarnished the badge and violated public trust accountable for their actions.”“Commissioner-Designate Darryl De Sousa has formed a Corruption Investigation Unit that will be led by a Lieutenant Colonel. The unit will specifically focus on the actions of the Gun Trace Task Force.”last_img read more

Colleague of MLK Remembers the Life Death and Legacy of the Fallen

first_imgBy Hamil R. Harris, Special to the AFROIt was the evening of April 4, 1968.  The Rev. Perry Smith III was driving near 18th and Monroe Streets Northeast  when it came on the radio that  Dr. Martin Luther King had been assassinated in Memphis,  Tennessee.“I pulled my car over and I must have sat there for about 50 minutes,” said Smith, who was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of North Brentwood and a soldier in the Civil Rights Movement. “I had just returned from Memphis where I participated in the sanitation workers strike and I came back because it was Easter week.”Rev. Perry Smith III, former pastor of First Baptist Church of North Brentwood, who worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., recalled the devastation and call to action he felt post the death of the Civil Rights hero. (Courtesy Photo)On April 3, 1968, Smith was in Mason Temple in Memphis when King preached to people to join the plight of the Memphis sanitation workers.”Smith had heard King preach before but he said this time it was different. “When he finished preaching he was so tired until they had to help him to his seat,” Smith said “It was like he was looking beyond the audience. He was looking at things spiritually and suggested that his life may not be long because he was constantly under threat.”Smith was seated in Mason Temple when King went from talking about the plight of the sanitation workers to offering an almost fatalistic vision of his own future.“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land,” King said in his final sermon.For Smith, King’s death was heartbreaking.“I heard on my car radio that King had been assassinated and I was devastated,” Smith said. “I was  shocked, but not surprised. He was always under attack. My wife and I went to Atlanta for the funeral because a family member had died. “As a leader in the Progressive National Convention, King’s denomination, the two men worked together to integrate the South.“He was coming to North Brentwood I still have the letter,” said Smith a native of Mound Bayou, Mississippi who moved to D.C.  in the 1950s. He had planned to attend medical school at Howard University but Smith took the call to pastor in North Brentwood and remained there for for 52 years. Smith was part of  a group of ministers, which included King, who broke away from the National Baptist Convention because Rev. J. H. Jackson, the group’s President, opposed King and leaving his post.As a result King, Smith and other ministers were ousted so they formed the Progressive National Baptist Convention, which is headquartered in D.C.“We gave Dr. King a home,” Smith said. “The Progressive National Baptist Convention is still for social justice and after Dr. King died I was determined to keep going and not give up.”On the night King was assassinated, Smith worked diligently patrolling the streets because of the riots.“I rode along Southern Avenue because the Prince George’s County Police Officers were armed and ready for trouble.”At 83, Smith talks with pride about his days fighting with King. He said going forward “I support the Black Lives [Matter] movement, but those of us in the Civil Rights movement need to give them more support.”last_img read more

Is America Ready for Another Black President

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comFormer Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert that he’s seriously considering running for president in 2020- an announcement that received major cheers from the crowd.  Despite the support from Colbert’s audience, in a post-Obama, “Make America Great Again” era, which many argue has divided the nation, the question becomes: is the United States ready for another Black president?In 2008 and 2012, former President Barack Obama won the nation over with hopeful rhetoric. Then in 2016 President Trump unapologetically flipped the switch from hopeful optimism and political correctness to inciting fear and sometimes awakening hate.  Obama era policies like the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, which championed opportunities for young immigrants, are now being phased out by a president who advocated for a zero-tolerance immigration policy.Former Attorney General Eric Holder told Stephen Colbert he’s considering running for president in 2020. (Twitter Photo)Some of the same people who chanted “Yes We Can” are now leaving the Democratic Party for movements like “#WalkAway”, while some longtime Republicans, like political strategist Steve Schmidt, are so disgusted by Trump that they’re now backing Democrats.So in two years will America be ready for a Black president?  Is a former Obama cabinet member going to be welcomed after four years of Trump and red “MAGA” hats which rapper Pusha-T compared to the hoods worn by the Ku Klux Klan?  Will America embrace a president of color who looks like some of the same people that come from nations that the current Head of State once referred to as “sh*thole countries”?In the meantime, these questions don’t have to be immediately answered, as Holder hasn’t confirmed that he is indeed running for president.“Yeah, I’m thinking about it,” Holder told Colbert when asked if he was throwing his hat in the ring in 2020. “And what I’ve said is that I’ll make a determination sometime early next year,” he said.While he makes up his mind, Holder is working hard to uplift the Democratic Party.“My focus, really, now is on 2018, the midterms and trying to make sure that Democrats take back the Senate, take back the House, and that we do well, importantly, at the state level,” Holder said.last_img read more

Louisville Baseball Heads to Duke for Weekend Series

first_imgWyatt is the 11th Cardinal to appear on the preseason watch list since 2009, including Brendan McKay who won the Golden Spikes Award in 2017. LOUISVILLE TO PLAY 52 GAMES ON ESPN NETWORKSLouisville’s 2019 television schedule features 52 of 56 regular season games set for ESPN platforms. The 52 regular season games scheduled for television coverage matches the 2018 season for most in program history. LOUISVILLE LEADS COUNTRY IN WINS SINCE 2007Dan McDonnell took the reins of the Louisville baseball program in 2007. Louisville entered 2019 with the most wins of any Division I program from 2007-18 with 554. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Winners of eight of the last nine games, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team returns to ACC play for a road series against Duke beginning on Friday at 4:00 p.m., ET at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 1:00 p.m., ET and wraps up on Sunday at 1:00 p.m., ET. All three games can be seen on ACC Network Extra and radio coverage will be available on 1450 WXVW on Friday and 93.9 The Ville on Saturday and Sunday. Live scoring is available at GoCards.com. 2. Florida State 565 The television schedule is headlined by a pair of games slated for ESPNU. The Cardinals will host Vanderbilt on May 7 in the annual Battle of the Barrel and will later appear on ESPNU May 14 at Indiana. GAME DAY INFORMATION #7 Louisville at #24 Duke Location: Durham, N.C. Venue: Durham Bulls Athletic Park (10,000) Twitter Updates: @LouisvilleBSB Game Notes: Louisville | Duke He then followed it up with seven more hitless innings against James Madison before allowing the only hit of the game to lead off the eighth. Detmers finished his eight innings with a career-high 14 strikeouts. LOUISVILLE IN NATIONAL POLLS EVERY WEEK SINCE START OF 2012Louisville, which surpassed its previous high national ranking of No. 2 (in 2016) with the No. 1 ranking on March 13 and March 20 during the 2017 season, has enjoyed a historic run by remaining ranked in at least one major national poll every week since the release of the 2012 preseason rankings — the longest such span in school history. TEAM NOTES AND TRENDS WYATT NAMED TO USA BASEBALL GOLDEN SPIKES AWARD WATCH LISTJunior first baseman Logan Wyatt was named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The list features 55 of the nation’s top amateur players across high school and college baseball. Friday, March 15 | 4:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: Internet Only LOU: So. LHP Reid Detmers (3-0, 0.33 ERA) DU: Jr. LHP Graham Stinson (2-1, 3.45 ERA) SERIES HISTORYLouisville and Duke have played seven times, all of which have come since the Cardinals joined the ACC. UofL is 5-2 all-time against the Blue Devils, winning two out of three in weekend series in 2015 and 2017 and downing Duke 9-2 in the ACC Tournament last season. Louisville won 2-of-3 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park against Duke in 2015. 5. Vanderbilt 551 DETMERS EARNS BACK-TO-BACK ACC PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORSSophomore lefthander Reid Detmers was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week in consecutive weeks after dominant starts against Brown and James Madison. Detmers tossed seven no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts against Brown. The southpaw retired the first 16 batters he faced before issuing a walk with one out in the sixth inning. Detmers then retired the next five hitters to finish off his outing. Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts. Through four starts, Detmers has allowed just one run over 27.2 innings with 41 strikeouts and an opponents’ batting average of .090. Saturday, March 16 | 1:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Jr. LHP Nick Bennett (3-0, 1.64 ERA) DU: So. RHP Bryce Jarvis (2-0, 3.86 ERA) Hailing from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Pinkham has made 58 appearances with 26 starts behind the plate during his three seasons with the Cardinals. After missing the 41 games of 2018 recovering from off-season injury, Pinkham closed his junior season with 17 appearances and 11 starts. North Carolina was a near unanimous selection to win the Coastal Division, as 13 coaches voted the Tar Heels in the top spot. Virginia received the other first place tally and is tied with Duke for the second position with 64 points. Miami (61), Georgia Tech (59), Pitt (24) and Virginia Tech (23) round out the rest of the division. Sean Moth will once again be on the call of Louisville baseball games this spring, while 93.9 The Ville will serve as the flagship station for the fifth consecutive season. Selected games during the regular season will be broadcast on 1450 WXVW. An All-American in 2018, Wyatt has garnered preseason All-America honors in 2019 from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. The Louisville native was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games. Again similar to Louisville, the Blue Devils feature a strong pitching staff. Duke ranks second in the conference in WHIP (1.25) and third in ERA (2.92), trailing the Cardinals in both categories. ABOUT THE LOUISVILLE CARDINALSThe Cardinals swept a pair of midweek games against top-10 ranked Ole Miss Tuesday and Wednesday. Zach Britton’s RBI single gave UofL a 4-3 walk-off victory in 10 innings in the opening game before the Cardinals pounded out 13 hits in a 10-8 win to complete the sweep.     North Carolina 563center_img Most Wins Since 2007 Ranked in the top 25 in all six major preseason polls for 2019, the Cardinals have earned a preseason national ranking in 11 straight seasons (2008-2018) overall. Louisville entered the 2019 season ranked fourth in the D1Baseball rankings, eighth in the Perfect Game and USA Today polls, ninth in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and NCBWA rankings and 11th by Baseball America. Louisville played the last 14 games at Jim Patterson Stadium after opening the season on a neutral field in Lakeland, Fla. The Cardinals wrapped up the homestand with a 12-2 record on its home field. 3. LSU 563 A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore last season after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed 2018 ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games. BENNETT, FITZGERALD, PINKHAM, WYATT NAMED TEAM CAPTAINSLefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett, infielder Tyler Fitzgerald, catcher Zeke Pinkham and first baseman Logan Wyatt have been selected by University of Louisville players and coaches as team captains for the Cardinals baseball team in 2019. BENNETT AND WYATT RECEIVE 2019 PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITIONA pair of Louisville players were named preseason All-Americans in 2019 by various organizations. Junior first baseman Logan Wyatt garnered preseason All-America honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, D1Baseball, NCBWA and Perfect Game. Additionally, junior lefthanded pitcher Nick Bennett was a preseason All-America selection by the NCBWA and Perfect Game. Louisville received seven first place votes in the Atlantic Division and tallied 90 points to narrowly edge out Florida State, which picked up six votes for the top spot and 86 points. Clemson was third with 71 points followed by NC State (53), Wake Forest (49), Notre Dame (24) and Boston College (19). Story Links Sunday, March 17 | 1:00 p.m. ET | Live Stats TV: ACC Network Extra | Radio: 93.9 The Ville LOU: Sr. RHP Bryan Hoeing (2-2, 3.60 ERA) DU: Jr. LHP Bill Chillari (2-0, 1.53 ERA) FEELING AT HOME INSIDE JIM PATTERSON STADIUMSince opening the gates at Jim Patterson Stadium in 2005, the Cardinals have won more than 77 percent of their games in the ballpark posting a 383-109 record (.778 winning percentage), including an impressive 33-4 mark during the 2017 season at the corner of Third and Central. The Cardinals are 12-2 on their home field this season. Louisville set a school record for home wins with 36 in 2016 and the Cardinals have registered 30 or more wins at home in four of the last six seasons. ESPN Louisville, the group behind local stations ESPN 680 and 105.7 FM, launched 93.9 The Ville, powered by ESPN, on Jan. 29, 2015. The station provides coverage of the Cardinals through an official partnership with Louisville Sports Properties, which represents UofL athletics. ALL LOUISVILLE BASEBALL GAMES SLATED FOR RADIO COVERAGEEach of Louisville’s 56 regular season games as well as all postseason games can be heard on radio locally in Louisville and online via TuneIn.com. ABOUT DUKELike the Cardinals, Duke enters the weekend with a 2-1 mark in ACC play. The Blue Devils dropped the opening game last weekend against Virginia before rebounding for a doubleheader sweep to take the series. Overall, Duke is 12-5 after a victory over East Carolina on Tuesday. Bennett, a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio, closed his sophomore season with an 8-2 record, 2.84 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 73.0 innings pitched, including 11 starts. He was an All-ACC Second Team honoree and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2018. During his first collegiate season in 2017, Bennett earned Freshman All-America honors and was an All-ACC Third Team selection while accumulating a 5-1 record, 3.18 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 65.0 innings pitched and 15 total appearances, including 13 starts. Louisville pitching currently leads the ACC and ranks top 15 in the country in ERA (2.71), WHIP (1.03), shutouts (4) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.94). Louisville’s starting pitcher has pitched five innings or more with one earned run or fewer allowed in 10 games this season. Logan Wyatt has taken over the national lead with 27 walks through 17 games and is currently on pace for 89 this season. Wyatt has drawn the 27 walks while making just 34 outs. Louisville swiped a season-high nine bases on March 6 against Morehead State. It was the most since the Cardinals finished with 10 stolen bases against Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 2013. UofL is currently second in the ACC and 11th in the NCAA with 35 stolen bases on the year. Louisville has finished in the top five in the country in stolen bases in four of the last six seasons. The Cardinals tallied 10 runs and 13 hits in Wednesday’s win over Ole Miss. It marked the sixth time UofL has scored at least 10 runs and seventh with double digit hits. In the victory over Morehead State on March 6, the Cardinals set a program record with eight different players recording a stolen base. The Cardinals won the first two games against Boston College to capture their opening series in conference play for the fifth straight season since joining the ACC. Louisville took 2-of-3 from Miami in 2015, swept Notre Dame in 2016, swept Pitt in 2017 and won 2-of-3 against North Carolina last year. UofL has won 32 of its 41 ACC series since joining the league and is 33-7 in its series finales during that span, including an 11-4 record in rubber games. The Cardinals have won 17 of their 21 ACC series at home since debuting in the conference. Eleven different Cardinals have made their Louisville debuts this season (Binelas, Davis, Leonard, Lohman, Masterman, Metzinger, Perkins, Poland, Schmeltz, Smith and Wright). It was the collegiate debut for 10 of the 11. Louisville has 24 games on its schedule against teams ranked inside the top 25 in at least one of the six major preseason polls (Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, NC State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest). While at Louisville, coach Dan McDonnell has guided the Cardinals to four College World Series berths, seven NCAA Super Regional appearances, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles with 37 All-Americans. The 2018 class ranking marked the ninth time in the last 11 years Louisville has earned a top 25 national recruiting ranking under the guidance of head coach Dan McDonnell. The Cardinals had the top class in the ACC according to D1Baseball and was among five ACC programs in the top 25 classes – No. 6 Florida State, No. 8 Miami, No. 12 Clemson and No. 17 Virginia. A Louisville native, Wyatt earned Third Team All-America recognition from Collegiate Baseball newspaper and was an All-ACC First Team honoree as a sophomore after hitting .339 with six home runs, 69 RBIs, 22 doubles, 63 walks, 51 runs scored, .559 slugging percentage and .490 on-base percentage. He closed the 2018 season ranked third in the NCAA in walks, 15th in on-base percentage, 17th in RBIs and 18th in doubles. Wyatt was also named to the 2018 NCAA All-Lubbock Regional Team after finishing 6-for-16 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in four NCAA Regional games. The Cardinals began head coach Dan McDonnell’s 13th season ranked as high as fourth in the national polls. UofL is coming off a 45-19 record in 2018, its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under McDonnell. The Cardinals advanced to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. LOUISVILLE 2018 RECRUITING CLASS AMONG BEST IN COUNTRYThe University of Louisville baseball program received its highest recruiting ranking in program history after D1Baseball tabbed the 2018 class at No. 3 in the nation. Louisville’s 2018 class was also ranked fourth nationally by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. 1. Louisville 567 A junior from Rochester, Illinois, Fitzgerald had a .264 batting average with three home runs, 17 doubles, 24 RBIs, 57 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in 24 attempts while playing in all 64 games in 2018, including 63 starts. Fitzgerald was named to the 2018 All-ACC Academic Team. LOUISVILLE TABBED AS PRESEASON ACC FAVORITEThe Louisville baseball team was voted as the 2019 ACC preseason favorite by the league’s 14 head coaches. The Cardinals were selected as the favorite in both the Atlantic Division and the conference. Forty-eight of the 52 games will be televised exclusively on ACC Network Extra, available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The Cardinals will also appear on SEC Network+ on the road at Kentucky on April 16 and on ESPN+ at Eastern Kentucky March 19. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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TIFFCOM Imagicas Gen8 Pushes Motion Capture

first_img Popular on Variety Takazawa thinks there can be many applications for the data. “We are talking to VR companies and when the technology advances we think our data will be useful for creating VR content,” Takazawa said. He also notes the project will have data on athletes’ movements, and can help track the success, or not, of those athletes, and said that the motion archive will be useful for predicting the success of future athletes by comparing their movements to the archived data.Imagica is also consulting with robotics companies. It believes the Motion Archive data will be useful in creating robots that can move in more natural, human ways. Gen8 (‘Generate”), a team from Japan’s leading film and tech company Imagica Lab, unveiled its Motion Archive project this week. The motion capture-based effort has reached out to artists and athletes and is using the latest visual technology, including 3D imaging, to record, analyze and archive human movement. It demonstrated the technology on the trade show floor of TIFFCOM, the market associated with the Tokyo International Film Festival.Athletes or performers’ movements are recorded with motion capture devices and the body of the subject is scanned in 3D to create a 3D CG image. The image is then inspected with VR devices and archived for long-term data storage.“At first we are capturing traditional Japanese activities like sumo and kabuki,” Tomoya Takazawa, a director of one of the production departments at Imagica told Variety. One of the first big undertakings of the Motion Archive project was to recreate a sumo arena and bout between grand champion Hakuho and former champion Kotoshogiku. The movements of the wrestlers were captured both to have a 3D record of natural sumo moves and to be able to show them from new angles.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

The XFiles Dives into Skinners Past for a Conspiracy on Autopilot

first_imgStay on target Overall, I’m loving this season of The X-Files. Every Wednesday night, I can’t wait to dive into a massive government or corporate conspiracy, or hunt cryptids with my two favorite federal agents. They can’t all be bangers though. The season started out on a rocky note with a mythology episode that wanted to believe the truth was up its own ass. After that, we took a much needed break from the mythology for some exceptionally strong Monster of the Week episodes. Then last week, the show combined the two for a surprisingly thrilling installment that gave us a scary creature and moved the overall plot forward. Last night, it was back to the standard Monster of the Week format, and I do mean standard. Despite the promised dive into Skinner’s past, nothing about this episode felt new or even all that interesting. It was the same conspiracy tropes we’ve heard before. To its credit, at least they were put together in a decently fun way. The episode moved along at a decent clip, and it gave us a pretty great villain. That at least makes up a little for the fact that it didn’t really do anything new.“Kitten,” like any good conspiracy, begins in Vietnam. A squad of American soldiers in a helicopter are delivering a box  containing… something. All we know about it is that they should never look inside. Their helicopter starts to take fire, and two of the soldiers escape with the crate to a nearby village. One of the soldiers runs out to grab their wounded buddy when a stray bullet hits the crate and a green gas pours out. Everyone inside starts screaming and the one soldier left inside starts seeing an antlered monster. He starts attacking his fellow soldier, who is revealed to be the young Agent Skinner.David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson (Cr: Eric Millner/FOX)In the present day, Skinner has gone missing. The director of the FBI assigns Mulder and Scully to find out what happened to him. At first, Mulder suspects that it may have something to do with the alien virus, their son William and the Smoking man. Inside his apartment though, they find no cigarette butts. Only a package, addressed using his military rank. Inside is a severed ear, wrapped in stationary from Mud Lick, Kentucky. Well, they’ve started from worse leads in the past. And hey, a body turned up in Mud Lick missing an ear. Mulder guesses that the body is one of Skinner’s old squadmates. From a document so classified even they don’t have access to it. What was Skinner up to? On the way into the morgue, a man warns them that they won’t find a kitten. Mulder and Scully shrug it off, but we all know that’s going to be of vital importance. That’s just how this show does things.Once inside the morgue, they learn about a “craziness” going around town. People swear they see a monster in the woods. Obviously Mulder’s interest is piqued. It looks like there’s something to those rumors too. Hunters are seeing strange things out in the woods and falling into hunters’ traps. Traps very similar to those used in the Vietnam War. Mulder and Scully investigate the latest victim who, like pretty much everyone else in town, is losing his teeth. They investigate footage from a nearby deer cam, and they find Skinner. He was recorded standing over the body, which immediately makes the local law enforcement suspicious. Mulder and Scully scrub through more of the footage, and they find something else: The monster.Mitch Pileggi (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)Thankfully, the show doesn’t waste too much time before Mulder remembers the man who told them about “kitten.” Kitten is a nickname. Everyone in this town has one. Interestingly, Kitten has a kitten. The man also mentions that he told Eagle where to find Kitten. Eagle, Mulder figures out instantly, is bald. So now they know where to look for Skinner. Skinner is on a person-finding mission of his own though. That ear he got in the mail? It turns out one of his fellow soldiers, John James, back in the war had a habit of collecting men’s ears and wearing them as a necklace. Skinner searches the man’s house and runs into his son, Davey. (Both men are played by Haley Joel Osment, and he’s the creepiest part of this whole episode.) It’s there we get the whole story. That crate from the beginning was full of weaponized gas that manifested people’s fears in front of them. It turned John into a monster who killed innocent people. Skinner knew it was the gas that did that, but it didn’t change what John did. Davey isn’t so convinced.Still, at Skinner’s request, Davey leads him to John. John, it seems, hung himself after being called a crazy murderer for so long. It also did a number on Davey. He’s led Skinner into a trap. As Skinner rushes towards John’s body, he falls into a pit, right onto a spike. Osment is loving playing the villain in this episode and he’s so very good at it. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that the kid whose first role was The Sixth Sense knows his way around a horror story, but he’s terrifying here. Easily my favorite X-Files guest star in a long time. Mulder and Scully pull up right afterwards, and Davey tries to act nonchalant. He plays the helpful witness and tells them all about the gas. He pretends to know nothing about Agent Skinner, but Mulder finds a photo album filled with photos of the Skinner and John James in the war. He knows Davey isn’t being entirely truthful. He tricks Davey into thinking they’re driving away, only to run back on foot to rescue Skinner. If you’re ever impaled by a spike trap set up by an old friend’s psychotic son, Mulder’s the guy you want on your side.Haley Joel Osment (Cr: Shane Harvey/FOX)Overall, most of the episode feels pretty flat. The conspiracy is interesting, and it’s cool that we get a look into Skinner’s past. It moves along at a decent pace, but it doesn’t feel like a ton is going on. The story isn’t as complex as recent episodes have been, and the whole seeing things that aren’t there thing was explored much better in last week’s stealth mythology episode. What really saves it from being boring is, again, Haley Joel Osment. In this final scene, he provides the tension and terror the rest of the episode needed. When Mulder searches the house, you’re sure he’s going to jump out at any moment. Mulder finds the antlered monster costume seemingly hung up in the closet, and leaves the house to follow Skinner’s screams. Then the costume movies. Davey was under it the whole time. Even when The X-Files delivers an episode that’s just OK, it’s nice to see it’s still good for at least one good chill.Mulder and Scully rescue Skinner, and in trying to attack them, Davey falls into his own trap. A spiked panel falls from a tree and kills him. Skinner gives a heartfelt speech about how Mulder and Scully inspired him to seek the truth rather than blindly move up the bureaucratic ladder. He vows to find out what happened to his old war buddy, and well, you know how this show loves leaving loose ends open. As Skinner walks out of the house to an ambulance, he realizes he’s losing his teeth. The chemical is in the air. As unhinged as Davey was, he was right about one thing. The government is experimenting with the drug on unsuspecting citizens. How? Why, chemtrails of course. It’s a nice paranoid note to go out on, but I wish the whole episode had more of that tone. As it was, it’s kind of a flat note to go out on before the short hiatus. We won’t get new X-Files for another three weeks, and it’s always a shame to go into that kind of break on a low note. Fortunately, the next episode is already looking much better. Haley Joel Osment may have been the best part of this episode, but I’m real excited to watch Mulder and Scully fight the spy drones. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img 11 Great TV Shows With Terrible EndingsBuy This Comic: The X-Files: Case Files – Flordia Man #1 last_img read more

Flouride healthy tooth supplement or poisonous mind control agent

first_imgMany of the conspiracies and urban myths that we’ve discussed here have been rather grand in scope: Ancient monuments built by aliens, the assassinations of world leaders, monstrous prehistoric beasts, secret world-dominating cabals that may or may not be full of lizard people. But not all conspiracies are massive or fantastical, some of them center on exceptionally common substances, which, in all likelihood, you probably shoved into your mouth this very morning.FlourideFirst off, let’s get the simple stuff out of the way: What is flouride? Well, it’s a chemical, but don’t let that scare you. Despite fear-mongering in certain quarters, there’s nothing inherently bad about chemicals. In fact, pretty much everything you eat is a chemical, or loaded up with them. There are chemicals that do good things, chemicals that do bad things and ones that do both. The question of where flouride falls is at the heart of the debate about putting it in our water supply.Flouride’s benefits aren’t really up for discussion. Put simply, ingesting flouride prevents cavities. Full stop. In fact, even if you live in a place where your water isn’t flouridated, chances are that you’re consuming it anyway via your toothpaste, unless you’ve taken special pains to find a brand that omits this particular ingredient. And if you did? Well, you’re missing out on some valuable stuff, as, once again, flouride has been proven to strengthen tooth enamel, preventing cavities – especially in children – and in some cases, even strengthening chompers that have already begun to decay.Well…that’s the general consensus at least. As in most things in modern life, there is a vocal minority claiming that despite decades of scientific evidence, both in the laboratory as well as out in the world, flouride does not, in fact, prevent cavities. Some critics also make a softer version of this claim, stating that flouridated water is no more effective at strengthening enamel than toothpaste with flouride in it. At that point, the argument becomes one of whether cavities should be seen as a public health concern that the government treats with flouridated water or a private one that individuals handle with toothpaste. Your opinion on that is probably dictated by your political leanings.But misgivings about flouride, and flouridated water specifically, don’t just end with questions about its efficacy. There have been conspiracies about and opposition to water flouridation going all the way back to the 1940s. At the time, America was embroiled in the “Red Scare,” and some folks saw leering communist threats pretty much everywhere they looked, including the plan to flouridate water in order to prevent cavities in children.Some individuals on the far right, hearing of a plan to put chemicals into the water supply, decided that the most likely explanation was, of course, a communist plot and part of a push toward socialized medicine under President Truman. They also protested universal vaccinations and broader mental health services – initiatives that still face opposition from misinformed quarters today.But the conspiracy theories didn’t just stop there. Some flouride truthers maintained that water flouridation wasn’t just a push toward pinko socialized medicine, but part of a plot to institute mind control programs or, at the very least, to outright poison Americans. Who was behind these plots depended on who you asked, and might include a New World Order, the United Nations, the Soviet Union or perhaps, all three working in concert against good, God-fearing Americans.Despite there being no evidence of flouride’s mind control properties and the conspiracy theories about the chemical having been lambasted in films including Dr. Strangelove and In Like Flint, the rumors and misinformation persisted. Interestingly, however, many of the more bizarre claims about flouride, ones that began with the far right, have since been adopted by groups on the left, once again mirroring the strange, shifting, misinformed opposition to mass vaccinations for devastating, practically eradicated diseases like polio and smallpox.A separate, but parallel theory about flouride is that water flouridation was perpetrated as a distraction. The thinking goes that in the wake of manufacturing based flouride pollution, fat cat kings of industry hatched a plan to make the public start thinking that the chemicals they’ve been pumping into the environment are actually good for them. This line of thought is predicated upon the idea that flouride, whether beneficial to your teeth or not, is, at its root, poisonous.And this is where a lot of confusion comes in, because it’s true: flouride can kill you. There’s no way around it. In high enough quantities, flouride is lethally toxic. But do you know what else can kill you if you consume enough of it? Potassium, salt, and even water. There’s a reason people say that “the dose makes the poison,” because too much of practically anything in too short a time can end up exceeding your body’s ability to process it. But that certainly doesn’t mean that you should cut potassium, salt, water, and yes, flouride, out of your diet completely.The United States Department of Agriculture suggests a maximum daily flouride intake of about 10mg. That sounds like a very, very small amount to end up being dangerous, but there are a couple things you should keep in mind regarding that dosage. First off, in order to be lethal, flouride would need to be administered in a dose 500 to 1,000 times that daily intake. Second, in order to exceed that daily intake through flouridated water alone, you would need to consume 10 liters of agua, which is a lot, even on a hot day. So, let us do the math for you: In order to die of flouridated water consumption, you would have to drink 5,000 to 10,000 liters of it and probably pretty quickly.Of course, diehard believers in a flouride-based conspiracy will maintain that the groups giving us this information – the US Department of Agriculture, scientists, researchers, etc. – are, at best, patsies and, at worst, complicit in whatever wicked scheme lurks in the shadows. There’s no way to definitively prove that they aren’t part of some massive NWO-based conspiracy, of course, but there’s also no real reason to believe that they are.What do you think? Is flouride a healthy, valuable supplement, great for promoting dental health, especially in poor areas? Or, is it a poisonous piece of a nefarious plot? Tell us in the comments below!Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of SKALD, the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher & Podomatic. 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Sonic Mania Collectors Edition Includes a Statue and Sonic Has 10 Fingers

first_imgSonic Mania’s out this week! This isn’t a review of the game. I played the first few levels, but I really gotta get into it now that I have it on the Switch. No, we’re going to talk about the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition, and Sonic’s odd anatomy and dietary restrictions. Don’t worry, this might be the only article on the internet that talks about Sonic’s anatomy and diet not in that really weird Deviantart way you’re thinking of.The Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition costs $69.99 (retail; like all collector’s editions you might find it for either dirt cheap or way, way more than that a few months after it comes out), and it comes with a statue, a cartridge box, a gold ring, and a metal card. That’s a lot to go in a $70 collector’s edition, but it helps when you realize that Sonic Mania is a $20 game.AdChoices广告Let’s start with the statue. It’s a big ‘un, standing 12 inches tall, with Sonic holding his fist proudly in the air. This is classic Sonic, the squatter one with black eyes instead of green. And he’s standing on a Sega Genesis base that is about the size of the original Genesis/Master System. If you put two AA batteries in it, it makes the classic “Segaaaa” boot-up sound when you flip the power switch.This is a big, nice-looking statue, but it’s also very light and feels a bit cheap. The Genesis base seems to be a mostly hollow plastic shell, and the whole thing weighs just 2.25 pounds. Combined with the really simple character design of Sonic, and you don’t exactly have a First4Figures statue here. But again, this is only part of a $50 premium slapped onto a $20 game.The Sonic Mania cartridge isn’t a real cartridge, but it’s the approximate size and shape of one (here it is next to Sonic 3 for comparison). The board pulls out to reveal a drawer that holds the gold ring. If you take out the thin plastic liner, it becomes a nice little box for hiding change, maybe a Raspberry Pi Zero, something like that.The gold ring is a gold ring. Well, a gold-colored ring. It’s metal, but probably a zinc alloy. Still, it’s a neat ring! That you probably wouldn’t actually wear because it’s big even for my fingers and the completely circular cross-section makes it feel awkward even if you do but it on. What are the gold rings for? I mean, gold coins have some value, so they abstractly make sense to collect them, but why rings? Was that ever explained?Also, I never noticed it until now, but Sonic has five fingers on each hand. That’s really weird. We have five fingers, but we’re people. When was the last time you saw a cartoon character of any kind with five fingers? The Simpsons have four. Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, they have four. Pretty much any colorful white-glove-wearing animal cartoon character has four fingers on each hand, but Sonic has five. He has messed up proportions like a basketball head on an egg torso with stick legs, but he has human hands. And his nose protrudes upsettingly from his snout, like a broomstick handle. You only notice this when he’s sculpted in 3D but keeps his classic 2D elements.There’s also a metal card with Sonic and the Sonic Mania logo on the front and Tails and Knuckles on the back. It doesn’t have a code on it or anything; the code for the game itself came on a separate piece of paper. So it’s just a weird metal card with Sonic on it. Or, and this is something I will declare now, it’s my new membership card to Club Sonic, where all the cool guys who are also fast belong.Granted, I have weird tastes, but the Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition is a pretty great package. If you’re looking for a big dumb centerpiece thing, the statue is super appealing even if it doesn’t have the detail and craftsmanship of collector’s statues that cost several times the edition. The ring is dumb but a fun prop, and you can use the cartridge to hold stuff (and it looks like a real cartridge, which is nice. I might pop open the Sonic statue base and see if I can put something in it, like a Raspberry Pi or a router.Also, he won’t eat his hot pocket.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Falco

first_imgWho Are They?Falco Lombardi is 1. An incredible name and 2. A member of Nintendo’s sci-fi animal gang Star Fox. This literal bird is the hotshot pilot of the team, the type of guy who gets into heated arguments with leader Fox McCloud and always threatens to quit, but also always comes back because beneath that fire is deep loyalty and respect for his friends. Classic Top Gun stuff, really.Smash HistoryFalco first appeared as a secret character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. And as a clone of Fox, of one of the best characters in the game, Falco was also extremely good. In some respects he was better, especially with his fast aerial spike. As he appeared in later games he received new changes, like blue colors for his slower, stronger lasers and the ability to kick his reflector. However, for the most part Falco has unfortunately become weaker than Fox over time.What Looks New in Ultimate?Falco doesn’t have any new moves in Ultimate aside from a revamped Arwing Final Smash similar to Fox. And his aesthetics haven’t really changed either aside from some Star Fox Zero touches. The updates are more technical, adjustments to lag and damage output. But Falco is a very technical characters so seemingly small changes could have big impact.Our Hopes?If you want to play a Star Fox character that feels significantly different from Fox, be grateful that Wolf is back in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But if you just want to mix it up a little bit, try Falco. Our biggest hope is that their similar moves once again make them similarly competitive.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate releases Dec. 7 for Nintendo Switch. Until we can play more for ourselves, changes we talk about here are mostly speculation. For more thoughts check out our Smash hands-on as well as cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero Falco Prefers The Air!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Falco.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Greninja

first_imgWho Are They?Greninja is yet another late-period Pokemon, the final evolution of sixth generation water-type Froakie. It’s a suave amphibian ninja who wraps its tongue around its neck like a scarf. It’s so cool you forget how gross that is. I guess it only makes that the best starter Pokemon in a game set in a fake version of France is a wet dark frog man who can absolutely get it.Smash HistoryOnce again, there was such a long gap between Smash Bros. games that an entire generation of Pokemon had to be skipped. It’s a shame, too, because Pokemon Black and White are better than Pokemon X and Y. With only Charizard returning from Pokemon Trainer in Smash Wii U/3DS there was an opening for a new water-type. And Greninja managed to sneak in.What Looks New in Ultimate?Greninja is a frog ninja who controls water. So of course its playstyle revolves around being slippery. Its water shuriken keep you at a distance. It can counter and travel through the shadows. Even just its general movement and traction have an appropriate looseness. Not much has changed in Ultimate aside from mild general buffs. It uses water knives now instead of water swords?Our Hopes?With Charizard and Greninja, all we’re missing is a final evolution of a grass-type Pokemon, my preferred starter. We already missed one opportunity by picking Incineroar over Decidueye. Maybe the next generation of Pokemon on Nintendo Switch next holiday will have a cool grass Pokemon finally worthy of joining the battle.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Stay on target ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Greninja Makes A Splash!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighter: Greninja.AdChoices广告last_img read more