which is another prompt i have! here is the mess that is the press uncovers exactly what andrew and neil say to each other when on the court together:
andrew and neil had been casually throwing around russian words to each other for quite a while now
when they were foxes, there was some coverage of their games (although they’re a Class I Exy team, it still is only at a collegiate level) but it was mostly done by in state stations and maybe talked about on ESPN in the collegiate exy segments
andrew and neil never encountered anyone during their time at palmetto who could also speak russian and they knew that they might eventually get caught calling each other nice names, but they didn’t really care
when they we’re still on different teams is when someone finally catches on
it was like any game they played each other since they started on separate teams, neil played his hardest (as he always did) and andrew shut down the goal (as he always did when playing neil)
Jack and Bitty actually coming out in the rain of red-and-white confetti after Captain Bittle leads Samwell to its first NCAA championship at the Frozen Four. Bitty is on his team’s shoulders, exhilarated, when his boyfriend gains the ice.
“Here comes 2015 Samwell alumnus and Providence Falconers forward Jack Zimmermann to congratulate his former teammates,” the ESPN commentator says. Bitty leans down and shouts something in Chowder’s ear, and Chowder and Dex swing Bitty down to the ice as he reaches out for Jack.
It’s not an easy landing–Jack’s shoes don’t have great purchase, and Bitty’s on skates; Jack reaches out to catch Bitty and Bitty does his best to stand upright as he glides and they both spiral a bit, clutching to keep each other upright.
And then it’s so natural, so easy, to do what they’d talked about, Jack’s mouth finding Bitty’s, the team triumphant around them, Samwell colours falling all around, until Jack sees a man coming with the trophy and has to break away, point his dazed boyfriend to where a carpet is being rolled out onto the rink. Bitty, flushed and jubilant, has to go and accept it.
“I’m so proud of him,” Jack says later to the cameras, arm around Bitty’s shoulders. “I’m so proud.”
sure it was Tuesday and not Thursday?” Amelia asked as she paced up and
down the living room. Owen was sitting on the couch trying to hear what the
commentator on ESPN was saying. “Yes, Dana said that she would be dropping
by on Tuesday at 3 pm” he answered patiently “Are you sure she said 3
pm?” Amelia asked nervously. Owen sighed and responded “Yes, I’m
sure. Do you want to see the email again?” Amelia stopped pacing abruptly
and reached for the remote to turn the TV off. Owen changed his position on the
sofa so he could turn back to look at her. “I was watching that, you
know?” He told her.
we’re going to fail this” Amelia exclaimed with wide eyes “Dana will
walk through the house and see 100 ways the baby could kill itself in this
dangerous house because we didn’t babyproof it!” Amelia started pacing
again, faster this time and Owen couldn’t contain his chuckle. “I DON’T
SEE HOW YOU CAN BE LAUGHING RIGHT NOW!” Amelia was raising her voice now.
“This woman is going to decide if we are fit to be parents and you are
sitting there, watching some bald man talk about sports while I’m losing my
mind! How are you so calm? We haven’t even started moving things out of the
study to make room for a child! What if she asks us where the nursery is going
to be? We don’t have a freaking nursery!” Owen was openly laughing now as
he walked toward her. He took her hands and said “Babe, we’re going to be
great parents. Everyone will see that. Dana will see we have a great home and
that we love each other and that we will love the child they give us.
Everything will be fine. We’ll show her our home and explain we will turn the
study into the nursery. I think that she will understand that since we recently
decided to adopt, we still don’t have the room ready.” Amelia considered
Owen’s words and tried to make an effort to calm down. Amelia’s breathing was
just going back to normal when the doorbell rang. Her eyes widened as she
exclaimed “That’s her!”
a kind woman in her late 50’s with a lot of experience in the system. She was
sweet and had a soothing voice. It was clear that she cared deeply for the
children and wanted them to have good homes. She reassured Amelia when it
became obvious that she was speaking very fast because of her nerves. Owen did
most of the talking during the tour of their home because Amelia was worried
that between her nerves and her natural inability to filter herself, she might
ruin their chances of getting a child. When they made their way to the study,
Amelia explained “This will be the child’s room! I know it doesn’t look
anything like it yet but it will soon!” Owen chuckled and continued “Yes, we
will move everything to storage and buy the appropriate furniture and decorate
it for them” Dana looked at the space and asked “Are you open to adopt sibling
groups?” Owen and Amelia looked at each other “Yes, we also have the guest room
that can be turned into a room for them” Owen responded as Amelia nodded. As
they made their way to the living room, Amelia commented “I know nothing has
been babyproofed but it is on our to-do list”. Dana chuckled “I’m glad to see
your dedication, Dr. Shepherd, but I wasn’t expecting your house to be
tour, they sat in the living room and answered questions about their work and
family life. Owen took Amelia’s hand and squeezed it reassuringly, which made
her smile even though the amount of notes Dana was taking made her nervous.
you for the tour. You have a lovely home. Now I must ask you a series of
questions to make sure you are applying to adopt for the right reasons and make
sure the child would be going to a stable home environment. Why did you decide
to apply for adoption?” Dana inquired. Owen looked at Amelia as she answered
“We both have wanted to form a family for years, both separately and as a
couple. After I lost a son shortly after his birth, I realized I cannot do that
again, but we have so much love to give and have always wanted to be parents,
so when presented with the choice between surrogacy and adoption, we both felt
in our hearts that adoption was the best option for us” Dana wrote down some of
her answer on her clipboard and asked “Do you feel like one of you feels more
strongly about adopting?” Owen and Amelia held hands and answered “No” at the
same time. “Very well. Who suggested adoption first?” Dana asked. Owen sat up
straighter and responded “I did. I had considered adopting a boy a few years
ago. His parents were patients at the hospital when I was chief of surgery. We
bonded and after his mother passed away and it seemed like his father wasn’t
going to make it, I thought about it, but his father recovered and they were
transferred to another hospital”
finished writing down his answer and questioned “I see, now I will ask you
about your families, starting with you, Dr. Hunt” Owen cleared his throat
before responding “My mother, Evelyn Hunt, is retired army nurse who lives
5 miles away from the hospital we work at and where the daycare is, so in case
the children need to someone to pick them up and we’re both in surgeries,”
Amelia nodded along as Owen spoke “she’s close by and can help. My father,
was also part of the army but passed away when I was 10.” Dana continued
taking notes “ A military family, I see” Owen puffed up his chest in
pride “Yes, ma'am. I had a sister, Megan, but she went M.I.A. a little over 9 years
ago.” Owen said looking at his hands. “M.I.A.? She’s no longer
part of your life?” Dana asked. Amelia took Owen’s hand and squeezed it
for support as she answered “She went missing in action while on her way
to provide medical service in combat” Dana put down her pen and looked at
Owen “I’m sorry. People misuse MIA all the time, I did not realize you
really meant it” Owen lifted his hand to stop her and said “Don’t
worry, I understand”
“And there’s also John Finch. He’s Evelyn’s
boyfriend. He lives with her, He can also help.” Owen turned to look at
Amelia, surprised she had mentioned John. Amelia extended her arm toward Dana
and continues “Dana needs to know about John in case the children have a
sleep over at your mom’s or have to spend the day there and he’s around.”
Dana looked up from her clipboard at Owen “She’s right, Dr. Hunt. If Mr.
Finch is going to be part of the children’s life, it is important I know about
him, and since he lives with your mother and she is part of your support
system, I think it’s safe to assume he will” Owen sat back in the sofa and
continued “John served in the Navy, but now he’s a firefighter, so sometimes he
also has weird hours like we do, so it is a possibility that he might be the
one to pick up the children if need arises” “Uh-huh” Dana finished writing and
looked at Amelia “Can I ask about your family now, Dr. Shepherd?” Amelia
swallowed hard and rubbed her hands up and down her thighs in nervous energy
“My family” she chuckled “Well, I’m the youngest of 5 siblings. My mother, my 3
sisters and their families live back east. I have 11 nieces and 6 nephews. My father
passed away when I was 5. My mother a former Navy nurse raised us on her own.
My brother passed away almost 2 years ago as a result of a car accident but
we’re close to Meredith, who was his wife and their son and daughters as well
as her sister, Margaret Pierce. They could also be part of our support system,
in case they are needed. We have a village really!” Dana chuckled as she took
notes of Amelia’s answer.
looked up from her notes and said “Now I must ask you about childhoods” Amelia
looked at Owen in slight panic. Owen took Amelia’s hand and nodded reassuringly
at her. Amelia took a deep breath and looked at Dana. “My father was working
the cash register at the convenience store when it was robbed. They took the
money and wanted his watch, which had been a gift from my mom, too. He refused
and they shot him. My brother and I were in the back of the store. I was five.”
Amelia paused and looked at her hands which she was now clasping and unclasping
on her lap. “It’s safe to say that affected me and I had a bit of a wild
childhood. I’m sure that at some point you will have to ask about substance
abuse, so I might a well let you know now. I became addicted to alcohol and
oxycodone, but I am sober now and I attend meetings regularly.” Amelia turned
to look ruefully at Owen, convinced she had just ruined their shot at adoption.
Dana looked at her and said “Addictions is something we definitely bear in mind
when considering a couple to become parents, but whether or not it will become
a deal breaker, comes to the biological parents. They make the final decision.”
Amelia continued answering questions about their past and families until Dana
announced that she had the information she required to build them a file. After
walking Dana to the door and thanking her for her visit, they collapsed on the
couch in relief. “I think that went well” Owen said. Amelia just
looked at him warily in response “I think we answered like 100 questions” she
said. “Now we wait” Owen said as he reached to take Amelia into his arms “This
isn’t our only option, Amelia. If they decide to pass us up, we can always try
surrogacy. We’ll find a way.”
skylines: the prequel is not finished but I wanted to introduce you all to the next story. I believe this idea came from a ANON months if not a year ago. They wanted a prompt or story about Derek and Ahsha being best friends. Well here is a peek into my next series after skylines: the prequel,
Ahsha Truitt and Derek Roman have been best friends since they were children. Growing up in the suburb of Shepherd Park in Washington D.C., the two have a strong bond. But just how strong is their bond? Their friendship is tested when Ahsha lands a big movie role and has to temporarily move to Dallas, Texas. When feelings grow into something more, will the childhood friends survive or fall apart?
Ahsha Raye Truitt, 25 years old, Actress, Derek’s Best Friend, Daughter to Sloane Hayes-Truitt and Raymond Truitt
Autumn Simone Truitt, 23 years old, Youtube Makeup Guru, Ahsha’s sister, Daughter to Sloane Hayes-Truitt and Raymond Truitt
Sloane Hayes-Truitt, Former Jazz Singer, Current President/CEO of African-American museum in D.C., Wife to Raymond Truitt
Raymond Truitt, Former Redskins player, Current talk show host (Live! Kendra and Ray), ESPN commentator during the football season, Husband to Sloane Hayes-Truitt
Derek Jason Roman, 27 years old, Receiver for Dallas Cowboys, Ahsha’s best friend
Darius Roman, Ex-Marine, Business Owner, Father to Derek Roman
Carmen Roman, Darius Roman’s current wife, Derek’s step-mother and Terrence’s mother, Civil Rights lawyer
Terrence Wall, 26 years old, Derek Roman’s step-brother, Running back for the New York Giants, Son to Carmen Roman and step-son to Darius Roman
I’m not sure on a post date and I don’t want to make any promises since I’m still writing skylines: the prequel. But, I wanted to let you all know another series is coming! I don’t have a title for it yet, but will update you all when I do.
1. Top 3 favorite players?
2. Favorite new kid?
3. Favorite newbie?
4. Favorite USWNT rival/opponent?
5. NWSL team/s that you support?
6. Favorite nickname?
7. Favorite non-NT American NWSL player?
8. Top 3 matches you like rewatching?
9. Top 3 goals?
10. Favorite veteran?
11. Most intimidating player?
12. Funniest player?
13. Position you’d like to play on the team? Number?
14. Favorite pairing?
15. Favorite coach?
16. Favorite retiree?
17. Most exciting game?
18. Best goal celebration?
19. Favorite USWNT kit? For GKs?
20. Most heartbreaking injury?
21. Favorite significant other?
22. Player you’d like to see get more minutes?
23. Favorite goalkeeper?
24. Cutest soccer kid?
25. Coolest soccer mom?
26. Best Twitter feed? Best Instagram feed?
27. Favorite 99er?
28. Future captain from the young ones?
29. Best style off the pitch?
30. Coolest tattoo/s?
31. Top 3 US Soccer videos?
32. Favorite formation?
33. Cheney’s hair: straight or curly? What about Christen’s?
34. Kelley as a forward, middy, or defender?
35. Oddest friendship?
36. Best game day hair?
37. Weirder to see: Tobin with high socks or Becky with sleeves?
38. Best super sub?
39. Blonde Hope Solo or Brunette Hope Solo?
40. Abby’s headers or Alex’s left footed shots?
41. Favorite defender?
42. Most creative player?
43. Non-NT NWSL player you really want to be called up?
44. HAO game faces or Pinoe goal celebrations?
45. Most underrated player?
46. Favorite corner kick taker?
47. Free kick taker?
48. Penalty kick taker?
49. Top 3 moments in the NWSL?
50. Favorite commentators? (FS1, ESPN, NWSL)
51. Olympics or World Cup?
52. Go-to starting XI from the current NT player pool?
53. Starting XI from the current NWSL player pool?
54. Your All Star starting XI (from past and current USWNT and NWSL players)?
55. Favorite social media moment?
56. Best NWSL team social media?
57. Who is your favorite Mewis?
58. Curve it like Christen or Nutmeg like Tobin?
59. Who’s the best dancer on the team?
60. Favorite NWSL international player?
61. Favorite CANWNT player in the NWSL?
62. Carli’s hat tricks or Kelley’s throw-in spin?
63. Whitney with Beluga whales, Kelley with squirrels, Sydney with Boss or Moe with Macarons?
64. Light kits or dark kits?
65. Favorite body issue photo shoot?
66. Favorite veteran/newbie friendship?
On Friday, Stephen A. Smith ignited a firestorm while discussing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game suspension for a domestic assault incident. ESPN’s resident bloviator ranted on First Take about the responsibility women have to avoid putting themselves in the same situation that Rice’s then-fiancée Janay Palmer put herself in.
While Smith may have intended to open a broader conversation about domestic abuse, it was an insensitive and demeaning stroke of victim-blaming that failed miserably — and one that laid bare where ESPN is failing its viewership.
Okay y’all, we all should know by now that Tyler Seguin is a freakin’ “problematic fave” to have. Seriously, the dude is a snapback-wearing moron at best. But I also think we need to all go to the recent ESPN article that has a lot of people upset right now and understand that this is actually a case of pretty shitty journalism at play, more than anything else. Because, here’s the deal, Crosby and Phaneuf are actually likely responding to a completely different question than Suter is and Suter seems to be responding to a completely different question than Seguin is. And not all of those questions actually deal with off-ice behavior and the seriously disturbing incidents that have happened over the summer.
Crosby and Phaneuf are responding to a question about off-ice behavior, and they responded accordingly. Leading up to Crosby’s answer, the author dropped in this, which shows the reader that whatever comes after this will deal specifically with players’ conduct off the ice:
Suter, on the other hand, was posed a question about social media and its impact on how players conduct themselves off the ice. In setting the stage for his answer, ESPN’s writer started with this, which pretty clearly demonstrates to the reader that there’s a shift in the storyline and we’re now going to discuss how players interact with social media and its potential effects:
Seguin, on the other hand, was likely asked a question about a particular event that occurred on social media. This event involved an Ex-CEO of the Leafs basically calling Seguin out for his alleged behavior over the summer. The lead-up to Seguin’s response to ESPN specifically mentions the comments made by Peddie:
This was then immediately followed by the writer stating that Seguin had responded specifically to those comments when speaking with the magazine:
And what followed is what is currently going around on social media websites, like Tumblr:
Taken all together, Seguin’s segment of this article looks like this:
Nowhere is off-ice behavior mentioned in the Seguin segment. Nowhere is Kane brought up, by either ESPN or Seguin himself. It seems pretty clear that ESPN asked him about social media and directed him to respond to the tweet blasted out by Peddie earlier in September. That’s apparent by the author’s own cues, pointing out to the consumer that we’re now narrowing the topic down to a specific social media event and taking the player’s response to it. And that’s why this is a pretty nasty article, because ESPN went around from one player to another, asked them a series of very different questions, shoved them all into one article, and slapped a title on it that doesn’t accurately apply to some of the answers contained in the article itself. And that’s just really deceptive journalism.