‘Mr. Robot’: The Show That Will Save Our Summer

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York America, we have found the cure to our summer television doldrums.USA Network on Wednesday debuted its out-of-the-mainstream hacktivist thriller Mr. Robot, which dares to create its own genre of TV activism, whether intentionally or not, by eschewing conventional political norms and aggressively challenging the status quo.Mr. Robot follows a skilled and troubled hacker named Elliot (Rami Malek), who is saturated with Robin Hood-esque ideology. Elliot saunters through city streets in a dark hoodie, only revealing himself when he’s personally confronting targets or poking through their digital lives in the comfort of his dreary apartment.We quickly learn that Elliot repeatedly questions his own mental state and enjoys morphine in moderate dosages, so far as we know. But he is definitely not a fan of America’s corporate overlords. In fact, he’s convinced that the “top 1 percent of the top 1 percent” controls the world. These issues seem to inspire his illegal, yet exhilarating, intrusions into the lives of those he seeks to expose.It’s hard not to compare Elliot to serial killer Dexter Morgan (Dexter), who followed his own moral “code” that allowed him to chop up people who themselves had committed evil acts. Instead of collecting blood samples as a trophy, Elliot keeps a binder filled with CD’s of those he deems morally reprehensible. While Dexter killed to satisfy a natural urge he couldn’t suppress, Elliot seems to act for the greater good, though he does get a measure of joy by upending people’s lives.Mr. Robot pulls no punches, even taking jabs at the world’s most revered icons. Instead of genuflecting on the life of brilliant Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Elliot can’t help but think of the deplorable conditions that Chinese workers manufacturing Apple products are forced to endure, while the company rakes in billions. The issues of economic inequality and exorbitant student loan debt are also central themes in the premiere episode. And what does he think about the world’s leading social media organization? “I hate Facebook,” Elliot says. Point taken.The pilot episode begins with Elliot uncharacteristically meeting face-to-face with one of his targets. The scene is tense, invoking visceral reactions from both characters as they stare each other down from across a small table.While the interaction is meant to shed insight into Elliot’s brilliant hacks, it also provides a glimpse into the protagonist’s life: he lost his father to Leukemia; he admits to perhaps being a little crazy; he won’t be silenced by money.Despite political views reminiscent of Occupy Wall Street, Elliot works for a computer security company that protects the very institutions he can’t stand, including E Corp., a mega-corporation which Elliot dubbed, “Evil Corp.” His best friend Angela (Carly Chaikin), an account executive at the firm, got him the job.Elliot doesn’t enjoy going to work, but he does feel an allegiance to Angela. So when an unknown hacker conducts a sophisticated Denial of Service (DoS) attack into E Corp.’s systems, Elliott is forced to play hero, despite the company’s representing everything he hates about the power that money breeds.This hack leads him to a shady character played by Christian Slater, who goes on to preach to him about an upcoming revolution, one that would bring about the largest redistribution of wealth in history. On the surface it would seem that such a cause would immediately appeal to Elliot’s own propensity for digital vigilantism, but he comes away conflicted.After several unsuccessful attempts to discover a summer series worth devoting time to, we may finally have found a winner.But the question is will Mr. Robot’s unapologetic take on America’s widening income gap amid Wall Street’s record profits be too much for some viewers to handle?The USA Network doesn’t seem to think so. After one episode it has already been renewed for a second season.last_img read more

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Tom Brady: Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade

first_img As we noted after the Patriots’ victory over the Rams in Super Bowl 53, that sixth championship mattered more than it should. For a sports world in which perception is often governed by first-grade math, an approach that is absolutist at best and lazy at worst, a sixth title for this dynasty was a big deal.Now Brady has more Super Bowl wins than any other player in NFL history — just in case it wasn’t enough for him to be the only QB ever to win five; the only player ever to win four Super Bowl MVPs; the Super Bowl record-holder for passing yards, completions and TD passes.Because of what Brady did from 2010 to 2019 to pad what he accomplished from 2000 to 2009, the NFL player of the decade now belongs in the greatest-athlete-ever argument.By the time he’s done playing, he just might shut down that dispute, as well.By the numbers6 Super Bowl championships4 Super Bowl MVP awards3 AP NFL MVP awards3 first-team All-Pro selections14 Pro Bowl selections538 passing touchdowns74,079 passing yards97.0 career passer rating44 game-winning drives35 comebacks218-63 record as starter30-10 record as starter in playoffs Of course, the player who held the greatest stranglehold on the rest of the NFL from 2010 to 2019 was the same guy who dominated the previous 10 years. Brady, who is on the verge of completing his 20th NFL season, has been a Pro Bowl selection after every Patriots campaign this decade. He has won three Super Bowls and appeared in two others. He has played in eight consecutive AFC championship games.SN’s ATHLETES OF THE DECADENBA | MLB | NHL | College football | College basketball | Men’s soccer | Women’s soccer | Men’s boxing | Women’s boxing | Men’s MMA | Women’s MMAFor Sporting News, New England’s comeback win in Super Bowl 49 against Seattle to close the 2014 season featured the Brady performance that cemented his status as the greatest passer in football history. For many more, an even greater Patriots comeback in Super Bowl 51 against the Falcons did the trick. A few years and an additional championship later, the 42-year-old is simply (and unnecessarily) padding his resume.From 2010 to 2019, Brady threw for more than 4,000 yards in seven separate seasons. He recorded 30 or more TD passes in every year but three. In 2018, when he neither threw for more than 4,000 yards nor recorded 30 TD passes, he earned his sixth Super Bowl ring. Simply put: Had NFL teams not doubted the possibility of a player like Jackson translating a skill set that dominated the college game, he would not have been the fifth QB selected in his draft class. His early professional success already has and will continue to force NFL talent evaluators into a newfound open-mindedness. In that regard, Jackson’s influece in the long term could prove historic.There will be competition. Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes already has an NFL MVP award and an AFC title game appearance on his resume, though he is a couple of years older than Jackson. Texans QB Deshaun Watson has a promising trajectory, though he is limited by his surroundings — which is an important factor. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment of an NFL career that will land Tom Brady in the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the conformity the Patriots quarterback has forced upon observers of American sports.At a time when discourse is plagued by divide and subsequent debate in the realm of athletics and elsewhere, Brady creates an anomaly. The best-QB-ever discussion has ceased to exist. Likewise, selecting the Sporting News NFL Athlete of the Decade requires no deliberation.center_img What they’re saying:”There’s no quarterback I’d rather have than Tom Brady. He’s the best. He does so much for us in so many ways on so many different levels. I’m really fortunate that he’s our quarterback and for what he’s able to do for this team.” — Bill Belichick“He’s the leader, the general, the best ever and that is the end of the story.” — Danny Amendola“His overall game is just so much greater than the sum of its parts. And Tom Brady just wins. He knows voodoo … Tom Brady’s the G.O.A.T.” — Von Miller”He’s the most basic quarterback you’ve ever seen. It’s the simplest football that you’ll ever see in your life. He’s figured it out: Don’t complicate football. People can hate on him, y’all can be mad at him, but he’s the best quarterback we’ve ever seen.” — Ray Lewis”You saw that body (at the 2000 NFL Combine). There’s no way you saw six championships in that body. To produce what he has produced, and to play at the level he has played at, is incredible. All of us living should understand how blessed we are to be in this moment while he’s doing what he’s doing. I say yes to comparing him to (Michael) Jordan, and I think what he’s accomplished is more difficult.” — Michael Irvin”He’s not going to beat himself — he’s going to make you beat yourself. You can’t beat that.” — Ryan Shazier”Tom is extremely disciplined. They see the end result on game day, but they don’t see all that he does in the offseason and during the season to maintain his health, his body and his mechanics.” — Drew Brees”The guy has already accomplished so much, he’s the best out there. The way he competes, the way he prepares for the game, the way he practices every single week, it’s just legendary. It makes him the greatest.” — Rob Gronkowski”Tom Brady is a game changer on the field, in the locker room, in life. The only one that can really rival him, that man from the 49ers, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning. (But) Tom Brady is in a class by himself.” — Deion Sanders”I am the baddest motherf— on the planet.” — Tom BradyThe next decade belongs to: Lamar Jackson, QB, RavensBrady changed the game in the early 2000s when he reeled off three Super Bowls in four seasons. New England notoriously found the QB in the sixth round of the draft, and other teams over the past two decades have been searching for a similar gem. Yet the Brady formula, a combination of work ethic, leadership skills, attention to detail and raw talent, can’t be replicated.Now NFL teams will spend the next several years looking for the next Jackson even though he can’t be replicated, either.The QB the Ravens snagged with the last pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is already dominating the league in a way it has never experienced. At age 22, he needed just 14 games to shatter Michael Vick’s single-season QB rushing record, and his freakishly quick development as an NFL passer has led to 33 passing touchdowns through Week 15, the most in the league in 2019. Brady, of course, benefitted from a stable organization led by arguably the greatest coach in NFL history over the past two decades. Nobody will mistake John Harbaugh for Bill Belichick, but in Baltimore, Jackson has a similarly reliable environment in which to flourish.And it takes an NFL athlete of the decade to know one. Before the Patriots’ Week 10 matchup against the Ravens in November, Brady approached Jackson during pre-game warmups. “You’re doing some great stuff,” the veteran told the youngster. “Big fan.”That night, powered by Jackson’s 224 scrimmage yards, Baltimore hammered New England 37-20.last_img read more

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UWI eye top-four spot

first_imgRed Stripe Premier League new boys the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC are having a wonderful first season and have a top-four spot in sight. UWI won the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League last season before gaining a spot to the nation’s top league by advancing from the Jamaica Football Federation’s play-offs. After 25 games, UWI have surprised many by moving away from the relegation zone and are currently in fifth position in the 12-team league with 34 points, behind Montego Bay United (51), Arnett Gardens (49), Portmore United (46), and Humble Lion (36). At the completion of the preliminary stage, the top four will battle for the title. “We are still mathematically just a point from safety, we will take it from there and continue to accumulate points and see where it takes us,” Marcel Gayle, coach of UWI told The Gleaner. “We have conceded 34 goals, but the team has been scoring goals,” Gayle pointed out. “We are going to pursue a spot in the semi-final,” he said. Looking ahead to the next fixture against Boys’ Town at UWI Bowl next Sunday, Gayle said honours were even in the first two games. “Well, the teams have shared a win apiece, so it will be crucial to come away with maximum points against Boys’ Town,” he shared. “These guys are putting in the hard work and playing for each other, and that is key,” Gayle reasoned. “We are not totally satisfied but grateful for what has happened,” he said.last_img read more

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