Robservations | The Clapback Culture

Hey man, Rob Lee here and I have something on my mind – the clapback. I’m convinced that we’re living in a ‘clapback culture’ – we’re obsessed. Allow me to take a step back, explain and then compare. I habitually question the status quo. I’m your contrarian Aquarian – while I may like something or do a particular thing but it doesn’t mean it’s not beyond my criticism or review.

So here goes, as of 2017, noted tastemaker, Merriam-Webster defines clapback as ‘responding to criticism with a withering comeback.” The clapback is very popular – often I look forward to the #ThanksgivingClapback and #Clapbackseason on Twitter. I get it the clapback is protective in nature but I think it goes too far.

Personally, a clapback is fine and can be hilarious. I think people go for it too much. We aim to be loved despite what many cynics contend. So a good clapback is how one gets attention and gets love. That pursuit runs counter to this faux-sanitized, contrived golden-rule culture we say we’re living in. It’s like being of two minds. We’re hyper-sensitive to criticism so we respond with a scathing clapback while saying don’t bully people. That shit is weird to me. Also, wrapped in that is the prevalent odyssey to be offended. There are offensive things – macroaggressions, microaggressions and so on that, if left unchecked, are dangerous. That said, there’s a case for clap-back being needed. My observation is that we’re quick to use a sledgehammer on an anthill criticism. It’s weaponized.

Back in the late 90’s Major League Baseball MLB, had a campaign for “Chicks Dig The Long Ball” and that connects to this clapback craze. The long ball means home run – I love baseball and who doesn’t like dingers. The pursuit for home runs lead to the steroids era – think Mark McGwire & Sammy Sosa and increased strikeouts. This pursuit for love and money impacted the lives of players and the game as a whole.  Now instead of getting of how to play the game – bunting, situational hitting, etc – kids are going for the home run – there’s always been home run hitters and there’s always been great hitters. I would take a Tony Gwynn over a Barry Bonds. This idea carries over into the fundamentals on how to navigate through criticism and life we aim for the clapback. Use the #ThanksgivingClapback for instance, the criticism is coming from a relative – there’s intimacy there so instead of telling the relative that what they’re saying is inappropriate because it hurts one’s feelings, they clapback and a specific, premeditated way. The relative may not even consider what they’ve said to be offensive – it may not be coming from an offensive place but the clapback is. Chasing the home run failed baseball – it made hitters one dimensional – that one dimension is wanted until it’s unwanted. It’s not sustainable, like the clap back.

In summation, be weary of the clapback. It’s not sustainable, it’s lightweight trolling and can impact relationships, friendships and your own growth. Acknowledge being sensitive and take a step back before you clapback. If you feel the need, let it rip but think about how you appear. It’s all funny, catty or what have you until it’s not.

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Robservations | Accidental Courtesy

I watched that doc on Daryl Davis over the weekend. It was interesting.

Like initially I was on some “fuck this coon-ass coon outchea cooning” or something like that but then after watching it a bit that attenuated, I recognized that, while flawed – that slick back, potbelly and blatant Uncle Ruckus vibe bugged me – he was doing what I do. He wasn’t seeing shit as binary. Like how can he hate white people for instance while being married to one?
He called out what he saw as bullshit and had patience. Seek first to understand. Dude had more patience than I when it comes to people wilin’. There was this one White guy from some super liberal group that essentially said you’ve done nothing, and they that Pastor Tom who was a racist cunt. They got under my skin, but not as much as those BLM kids. Davis, who claims to fame is music and reforming KKK members. How can you trivialize what that dude did when all you have to your credits in life is being an unemployed, college dropout and “poet”…em…conscious mumble rapper. Not to mention – these weren’t just regular hoods that Davis got off these KKK members they were like high ranking leaders. That accounts for something. Those fuckers were dumb asses – lots of misdirected energy. Like energy is fuel for change but they directed anger at Davis, who was doing his own thing. Like what has BLM done would have been my question if I were Davis but of course, those fuckers repping BLM didn’t allow the dude to talk. That’s a coward’s tactic – it perpetuates my issues when BLM and many feminists – specifically radical fuckers. If you don’t abide by what they believe then you’re horrible – they talk at you under the guise of dialogue. Fuck that. I ask the question – “where’s yours?” when JC Faulk, I think, called Davis disrespectful (these lads were a bad version of neo-Hotep – they hadn’t reached their final form) Their old-head was a piece of shit too – likely a former drug dealer or that now grew a conscience and wants to save his community – the old head threatens Davis as he leaves the interview. That was that typical old, soft spots in the dick, LaVar Ball style of threat too.
“I better not see you in Baltimore.”
My threats are more direct. Vague threats are for punks. Fuck outta here! It’s a reminder of who you ‘elect’ as your leaders. I say fuck all of it and I’m from Baltimore. I was at protests during the 2015 Uprising. Don’t get me wrong – I can see how Davis comes off – I was triggered, as previously mentioned, and fuck that white people are redeemable shit. I believe everyone can be redeemable and that everyone should have a say – you’re entitled to have an opinion and I’m entitled not to agree with it. While not an endorsement of anything or a commercial for the documentary – I’ll say overall the doc was interesting and worth checking out.
 Watch it and tell me what you think?
Also on Netflix
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Mastermind Team’s Robcast 143 | Kentuckus

An episode where wedding crashing, vibrating Kindle sex toys, and other debauchery are discussed by the legendary duo, Rob Lee & Dann D.

Things to consider:

Rob: “I want Prince to come out of the Grimace costume.”

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Mastermind Team’s Robcast 142 | Pigs, Lies and Videotape

An episode where the legendary duo and Baltimoreans of note, Rob Lee and Dann D., go to bat for Baltimore.

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An Idiot’s Guide to the NFL Draft

An Idiot’s Guide to the NFL Draft

With a few days away from the NFL’s biggest spectacle and more questions arise heading into the day coming more than answer that will be determined there. Yes, the easy questions of who is picking who will be answered immediately, but there are those questions that will be asked until the end of the season and they won’t be easily answered. So for those who are in attendance and have virtually no clue what is going to happen; this is the article you should read.

Now, onto some of the questions awaiting to be answered?

Who’s the number one pick in this draft year’s draft?
I think this is probably the most obvious answer. This guy

Seriously, Tampa needs a QB worse than virtually any team at the moment. With the weapons they have in Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins all over 6’3’ by the way, should not be the 25th best passing offense with 206.1 yards a game. It’s pretty sad to see passes like this being thrown in any game. Just look at Josh McCown’s stats for proof:

Comp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int
184 327 56.3 2,206 6.7 11 14
Yikes!! That would scare the living hell out of me if that was my team’s starting QB. Hello Cleveland!! But in reality Jameis is the best QB in this draft and Tampa cannot afford to whiff on this pick, Jameis is their guy, and they do need to address their Offensive Line, after cutting Anthony Collins after one year of his massive deal. But at this moment, barring any trade Jameis is the clear cut number one. NEXT

What General Managers need to have a good draft this year? Now, we’re getting to the good questions here. Virtually five GMs are on thin and I mean very thin Ice this offseason and probably will be gone next year regardless of what they do.

Thomas Dimitroff Atlanta: He gambled BIG TIME with the Julio Jones trade, and while Julio has been an elite WR when he’s healthy it’s the fact defense has been ignored and they are paying the price for it. It doesn’t help when the new head coach has overall say in personal. .
Ray Framer Cleveland: Hello Mr. Farmer!! Welcome to the Browns bad string of GMs club!! Michael Lombardi, Phil Savage, George Kokinis, Tom Heckert, Dwight Clark, and Butch Davis are here also. Say hi everyone!! It really sucks to be a Brown’s fan.
Reggie McKenzie Oakland: The Raiders actually had the best draft in 2014 in my opinion. Khalil Mack looks like a stud. Derrick Carr will be the franchise QB, and Gabe Jackson looks like a steal at Guard. However, McKenzie’s record since being named GM has been underwhelming. Winning a combined 11 games in three years will put anyone on the hot seat.
Ruston Webster Tennessee: I’m with you Titans fans. I have no idea how he still has a job. His draft history is pretty bad. They no identity on either side of the ball and they went 2-14 last year. Look, I hope Dick LeBeau and Ray Horton fix this defense and they find their franchise QB to repair this once-proud franchise, but they need everywhere, expect a trade from their spot or a move for a certain QB in San Diego.
Jerry Reese New York: His recent draft history minus OBJ has been brutal. They haven’t produce on the field either. They need to make the playoffs this year or he’s done for.
What potential pick scares the hell out of you?

Speaking of the Giants, nothing would make me shit my pants more than them drafting Amari Cooper with the 9th pick. Talk about a WR core. Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr and Amari Cooper on the same team? The NFC East all has trouble with Defensive backs and putting this 3WR lineup on the field would be a nightmare. (Especially for me since I’m a Redskins fan go ahead and laugh). For Giants fans and people who love to over exaggerate and I’ll leave put this up because I know you want to see it.

Will there be a lot of day 1 trades this year?

As long as Rick Spillman runs the Vikings of course there will be trades. But I think people want to see veterans be moved this year, and frankly I do too. If I can compile a list of veterans who that might move to a new team it would consist of Phillip Rivers, Adrian Peterson, Johnny Manziel, Robert Griffin III, and Sam Bradford. Out of those 5, I don’t Peterson leaving unless, Minnesota gets a HUGE haul in return. Manziel might go but I don’t see any team wanting him because how hazardous he is unless, Chip Kelly does the unthinkable. RG3 and Bradford are interesting choices. For starters, I don’t buy Chip Kelly wanting Bradford more than he wants Mariota. Also, their QB depth chart is interesting to say the least. RG3, on the other is in his contract year, but Scot McCloughan, the Redskins new GM is tied to this pick and the reports of about potentially drafting Mariota have been glaring to say the least. However, I don’t buy them trading RG3 only because last year was his first in a new system, but he’s on his last leg even if it’s an injury prone one at that. The most logical trade piece is Rivers.

Rivers is 34 and the Chargers are a franchise going into a transition. They are one of the few teams that might be making the move to LA and they probably would a new face of the franchise. Rivers already declared he’s going to test free agency and his former teammate is saying he’s good as gone as well. I think the best approach is to trade him to a team like the Titans. A Mariota for Rivers swap would be best for both teams. Tennessee is in desperate need of a winner and San Diego or well LA needs a makeover. Mike McCoy knows how to develop QB’s look at what he did with Tebow…. Ken Wisenhunt is known for his work with veteran QBs and Zach Mettenburger can learn from one of the best, as his back up. Both teams desperately need this so I expect this to happen. But I also both teams being afraid to make such a deal. Charger fans needs a reality check, Rivers won’t take them to Superbowl. He had 11 years to do so. MOVE ON!! Don’t worry, Cowboy fans will learn this the hard way, Chargers fan don’t have to make this trade damn it!!

Your Mock Draft.

Well mines is pretty straight forward with a few trades here and there. It goes as follows:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston: Already been discussed in the opener but this is the clear cut number one pick.
San Diego Chargers (TRADE) QB Marcus Mariota: Talked about this trade also San Diego should look for a new face of their franchise. Mariota would stay on the west coast with a good HC who knows how to develop QBs.
Jacksonville Jaguars DT Leonard Williams: Folwer would work here Williams is the defensive player in the draft, and you take the best player available here. Gus Bradley knows there’s no such thing as having too many good defensive linemen on a roster.
Oakland Raiders WR Kevin White: Oakland best Receiver is Crabtree…………This pick is more about potential over production. White had a monster year at WVU so did Cooper with Bama, but White can potentially be a Larry Fitzgerald prototype and you can’t pass that up.
Washington Redskins OLB Dante Fowler Jr.: They lost Brain Orakpo to the Titans, and they need a pass rusher and he’s the best pass rusher in the draft. Pretty straight forward.
New York Jets OLB Vic Beasley: Another team in dire need of pass rushers. Todd Bowles’ defense is very aggressive and gets after the QB. Beasley fits that description pretty well.
Chicago Bears NT Danny Shelton: Shelton might be the best defensive player in this draft not name Leonard Williams, and Chicago has need at Nose tackle.
Atlanta Falcons OLB Alvin “Bud” Dupree: Atlanta will be focusing on Defense this whole draft and besides the crowd (well fake crowd) chanting Bud in the Georgia dome has a nice ring to it. Note: Bud is my favorite player in this draft and would be a perfect fit in Atlanta.
New York Giants WR Amari Cooper: My god this WR core would be nasty and Eli would cry tears of joy.
Saint Louis Rams OG/OT Brandon Scherff: Since they didn’t pick Joe Barksdale and Jake Long career is good as over now, this is the most logical pick for them and he can play either guard or tackle.
Minnesota Vikings CB Tres Wayne: They could go WR here but I know Zimmer needs a CB next to Rhodes and this paring would give teams fits.
Cleveland Browns WR Devante Parker: Can we get Cleveland an E reality show. Gordon and Manziel partying every day. Their B-list WR core looking confused because Josh McCown is throwing to them but it’s going to a defender. Big money Joe Haden disappointing. Ray Farmer looking confused and paranoid because he’s sending text, it would be beautiful.
New Orleans Saints OLB Shane Ray: This pick is pretty difficult to determine. Saints need a pass rusher for Rob Ryan. Anthony Spencer is best a situational pass rusher but they need some youth. You can go CB, or OG/OT here but Shane Ray is the right guy here.
Miami Dolphins La’el Collins OT: I’ll come out and say it the Dolphins will NOT make the playoffs if they can’t protect Tannehill. This pick helps their Offensive line woes, but they still won’t make the playoffs. ☺
San Francisco 49ers CB Marcus Peters: I feel for Niner’s fans their losses are huge and their additions are good not great. Losing both of your starting CBs hurt but just like them Peters has some character issues but can flat out play, so this works for them.
Houston Texans DE Arik Armstead: I think they can go WR or OL here but again play to your strengths. Putting more depth with JJ Watt on the line will be downright scary.
Tennessee Titans (TRADE) OLB Randy Gregory: No Phillip Rivers alone isn’t worth the second pick. Titans are able to add a pass rusher behind Morgan and Orakpo two injury prone players.
Kansas City Chiefs WR Breeshad Perriman: Maclin can’t do it alone give Smith some weapons and let Charles have breather.
Cleveland Browns NT Jordan Phillips: Seriously, that reality show sounds amazing.
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jalen Strong: Jordan Matthews and who else?? They need a game changer on the outside with Cooper and Strong will provide good depth here.
Cincinnati Bengals CB Jalen Collins: His recent report of arrest should scare teams but Marvin Lewis usually take players this talented under his wing and get the most out of them.
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Landon Collins: Another easy pick they get their replacement for Troy Polumalu with a steal of a pickup here.
Detroit Lions DT Malcolm Brown: They found a replacement for Fairley and pretty good productive player at that.
Arizona Cardinals OLB Eli Harold: A very good pass rusher and the Cardinals need some youth there.
Carolina Panthers OT DJ Humphries: PROTECT CAM NEWTON!!!!!!
Baltimore Ravens CB Kevin Johnson: They could go WR here but this a very deep class and Ozzie doesn’t go WR this early majority of the time. Johnson provides depth at position that they desperately need.
Dallas Cowboys RB Melvin Gordon: REJOICE RBs one is finally selected in the first round. McFadden won’t last a season and they need help in this position after doing the right thing with Murray.
Denver Broncos OT Ereck Flowers: Another lineman to protect Manning for HOPEFULLY his last year. Bronco fans should be worried about this upcoming year Peyton’s arm looks shot.
Indianapolis Colts OT Austin Peat: Andrew Luck needs more protection and Peat a Stanford Alum knows this offense well and should fit right in.
Greenbay Packers: ILB Eric Kendricks: They need to move Clay back to natural position of OLB and this move helps that and provides a playmaker in the middle as well.
New Orleans Saints QB Brett Hundley: Before I get hammered for this pick, Bree is 36 and on the decline, it’s time to look ahead.
Minnesota Vikings (Trade) WR Dorial Green-Beckham: Surprise!! Minnesota gets back in the first round. This pick gives Teddy another weapon with Wallace and Paterson. Norv Turner loves big WR and this move gives them a good core.
Usually I’m wrong with these picks, but again no one gets it right. That’s what these 3 nights such a spectacle. On Thursday, 32 players find new homes and us nerd and fake experts will debate if the right picks were made, but none the less, the NFL is on the big stage for rookies looking for a new home.

Written by Gregory Hunter

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