African Warthog Captured in Florida

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Florida warthog

FWC responded to reports of an African Warthog roaming around St. Lucie County, Florida last month. Several attempts to trap the hog were unsuccessful. A few days later, he was spotted and they tried again to snare trap it. Finally, Officer Bradley Toby had to tackle the warthog, until it could be guided into a trap. Fortunately, Toby only suffered some cuts on his legs. I hope there’s some video of the thrilling capture that gets released at some point!

 

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via FWC

Unfortunately, the animal had to be put down so they could examine it for disease. There’s no indication how the warthog came to be living in Florida. This is the first I’ve heard of it: though it’s not the first African animal to be caught in Florida… while the Burmese python is the most notorious, there has been a spread of African Rock Pythons as well, which are also large and very aggressive. I’ve personally seen some Guinea Fowl wandering around residential neighborhoods here in Fort Myers: but those are nothing to be scared of! Glad the FWC officer was ok… those warthogs can be tough if you do not show them respect!

 

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There’s a New Han Solo Trailer…

I’m all excited about the new Han Solo trailer that came out yesterday, but I don’t have to tell you… you already saw it last night. Well, here it is again!

This one may not be set to Sabotage, but I am still eager to see it!

More details: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/37910867/heres-why-the-millennium-falcon-looks-different-in-solo

Now a T-Rex is attacking Ohio!

dinosaur satelliteSomebody found this great image of a weather radar that appears to be a dinosaur heading for Ohio. I saw it on Facebook, so I don’t know when it was snagged, but it’s too good.

It reminds me of the dinosaur, and the creepy skull images from Hurricane Matthew last year…

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More… http://www.13newsnow.com/article/weather/hurricane-center/hurricane-matthew-radar-captures-sinister-skull-sneering-dinosaur/329873683

Solo Trailer- Re-Cut to Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”

 

“Solo”, the Star Wars backstory film about Han Solo, is coming out in May. The original trailer came otu a few weeks ago, and I forgot to post it, if you haven’t seen it (and want to watch it first, I’ll post it down below.) This post is about a sweet re-cut of the trailer set to the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage”… and it’s rock ‘n roll awesome! Apparently there have been a bunch of movie trailers re-cut to Sabotage… but, the rest will be a let down after this!

And here’s the original trailer cuts, with a little additional footage that didn’t make the re-cut. I have to point out that the music here seems more rock and roll than usual, even re-jiggering the Star Wars theme. I’m stoked.

Great Interview with Drummer Aaron Cordell (My Brother!)

Check out this interview by Cincy Photog Lisa Sullivan, with the busiest drummer in the Midwest!

Posted by Lisa Was Here on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Here’s another of Lisa’s photos:

The Bengals could move on from Andy Dalton, but should they?

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Andy Dalton

After an underwhelming year from Andy Dalton, a lot of fans in Bengaldom are ready to look for a new franchise leader. The Bengals missed the playoffs for a second year, and he has yet to win a playoff game in his seven years as starter, and the Bengals have A.J. McCarron in the wings, since his trade to the Browns fell through. Fun fact, the Bengals have NEVER completed a trade with the Browns, a streak that continues due to the Browns’ email SNAFU.

Here’s the thing, the Bengals got a great deal on Dalton. They have him through 2020, at an average of about $16 million per year. That’s actually a huge value on a starting quarterback, even one who has not one a playoff game. The salary cap is expected to rise the next few years, and quarterback salaries are expected to skyrocket. Think, Stafford set a new bar last year at an average of $27 million, topping Derek Carr at $25 million per year. Cousins is likely to get paid more than that on the open market. Alex Smith just got a raise to about $23 million per year. As an added benefit of Dalton’s deal, the Bengals have the option of cutting him whenever they want without a huge cap hit, since most of the guaranteed money has already been paid out.

And here’s the other thing, who would you rather have than Andy Dalton that’s going to be available. Kirk Cousins is less accomplished than Dalton– he hasn’t won a playoff game either, and he’s about to get paid twice what Dalton is. McCarron is intriguing, but unproven, and is in line to get paid as well. Blake Bortles might get cut, but only if the Jaguars think he’s not worth the $19 million he’ll make if they keep him. They could draft somebody, but making the transition to the pros is really a crapshoot: even many of the successes don’t exceed Dalton’s accomplishments. All three Vikings quarterbacks are slated to become free agents, but all of them are unproven. There’s nobody likely available that will perform as well as Dalton next year, and certainly nobody else for the bargain prices the Bengals are paying.

Andy Dalton isn’t the kind of elite quarterback that is going to elevate a team or carry, like a Brady or a Brees. There are not many of those guys around. Dalton is a quarterback who can lead a team and win in the right circumstance. Like an Eli Manning, he can succeed with the right tools around him: in particular, he needs protection. Dalton’s performance dropped off this year, but that’s likely directly due to losing two of his offensive line anchors in Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. Couple that with losing Rex Burkhead, and dealing with other tailback injuries, and the situation at Offensive Coordinator, and it’s no surprise the Bengals offense struggled this year.

Andy Dalton is the Bengals’ best option at quarterback this year. He’s not the best in the game, but he may be the best contract value in the game. If the Bengals can shore up the offensive line, and give the team coaching stability next year, there’s no reason Dalton can’t take the team to the next level. The gut reaction to make a change is natural, but right now Dalton still makes the most sense.